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Michael Church wrote a thoughtful response to my post joining tableflip.club -- quotes I liked:
"Ultimately, corporate capitalism fails to be properly capitalistic because of its command-economy emphasis on subordination. When people are treated as subordinates, they slack and fade. This hurts the capitalist more than anyone else."
....
"We’ve let ourselves be defined, from above, as arrogant and socially inept and narcissistic, and therefore incapable of running our own affairs. That, however, doesn’t reflect what we really are, nor what we can be."

That said, I feel my point about love was totally missed and that it's gratuitous to say "that's not always true" about my claim "if you had a good early life, you wouldn't be working in tech" when my very next sentence began, "I'm exaggerating..." I feel like the last paragraph is so accurate that he fundamentally got it, though.

I am genuinely moved and amazed by the quantity and quality of thoughtful replies to my post on MetaFilter, where it made the front page. I've been peripherally aware of MeFi almost since it existed, but I've now joined and will have to keep paying attention to it.

At its peak (Friday), my post was also on the Hacker News front page at #16, but I haven't read the comments there and don't intend to.

When I write a piece like this, I'm always afraid no one will pay attention to or understand it. The amount of response I've gotten this time was beyond my wildest dreams and is informing my thoughts about what I'm doing next with my career (once my next 3 or 4 months of mostly not leaving my apartment is over). Thanks, everybody -- you don't know how happy it makes me to know that I hit a nerve, even if that process is painful for everyone involved!

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Date: 2015-04-19 06:58 pm (UTC)
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From my (admittedly quick) read, it sounds like he's blaming management for everything. "They're making us be mean!" I don't buy it.

Still thinking about your thesis that tech attracts traumatized people. I think there might just be a lot of traumatized people in the world.

As an inverse data point, my practice is not flooded with programmers. Nurses, on the other hand...

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Date: 2015-04-19 07:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sonia
The nurses in my practice have longstanding trauma. I'm uncomfortable making any more statements beyond that about causation, or even about trends in the general nursing population. As far as I know, they're not referring each other to me, but it might still be just an interesting statistical anomaly.

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