things i’ve learned from 2.5 years in the tech industry

from pure observations, i’ve found the following behaviors to be typically praised and rewarded in the tech industry:

  • saying simple things in unnecessarily complicated ways
  • lying
  • quoting assorted (not always related) numbers to justify personal opinions
  • explaining irrational things using rational methods, despite that being impossible
  • proudly proclaiming laziness
  • proudly proclaiming ignorance
  • arguing
  • corpspeak
  • trivializing complex societal problems
  • attempting to solve complex societal problems
  • asserting that the complex societal problems are solved
  • asserting that the complex societal problems don’t exist
  • reducing the complex societal problem to computer science analogies
  • asserting that there’s a right way to do the thing
  • disagreeing
  • throwing people under a bus
  • disregarding people’s feelings
  • dissolving society
  • asserting that the world needs more apps that essentially do the same thing
  • explaining things to people
  • doing stuff without asking
  • telling people about decisions that affect them after the decisions have been made
  • reinventing the wheel, then loudly claiming to be the first to do so
  • stealing ideas, then loudly claiming to be the first to have had them
  • only focusing on problems that rich/affluent people have
  • refusing to accept help from others, but also prohibiting others from contributing to the thing that you “own”
  • claiming to “own” things
  • claiming to “win”… something? i never know what people are talking about when it comes to “winning”
  • soliciting opinions about a thing as if you care about the input, disregarding the hostile opinions, then acting shocked when users of the thing react in the same hostile way

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