Issue 34

the Week of March 14, 2016
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In this issue, we explore how learn-to-code programs are built on emotional labor, what it’s like to have obsessive compulsive disorder in tech, and the difference between opportunity and access when it comes to “diversity initiatives.” We analyze the industry’s focus on side projects & how it affects underrepresented groups, and why crunch still persists in gaming after a decade of outcry. Plus, a critique of coops as an inclusive organizational model, a deep-dive into the world of political design, and a look at the industry of management theory. Photo CC-BY Vincent-Lin (昶廷).

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Money in Politics: A Massive Design Problem

Following political expenditures is a lot like hunting a mouse in a labyrinth where the walls are constantly moving.

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Point Break: How Crunch Culture Survives Despite a Decade of Criticism

We have continuously talked about how harmful crunch is. But game studios haven't changed their ways.

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Can Coops Revolutionize the Tech Industry?

“If this place is so good for women,” I thought, “then why are there only 4 of us on a team of 12 people?”

No, I Won’t Be Coming to Your Conference: OCD as a Woman in Tech

We need more education about what OCD is, and what it is not: a punchline.

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Side Project Culture: Opportunities and Obstacles for Marginalized People in Tech

While side projects can be a great indicator of personality, ability, and work-ethic, they should not have as much ability to make or break someone’s career.

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GDC, Assimilation and Opportunity: What A Free Event Ticket Costs When You’re A Marginalized Developer

As the majority of marginalized developers risk financial stability to attend industry events, our primary goal, too, goes ignored: building the resources and capital to finance our work.

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Coding Bootcamps and Emotional Labor

Bootcamps are a micro example of how the tech industry is built on the emotional labor of the same groups who are marginalized within it.

This issue is made possible in part by some of our generous readers: Josh Lucas, Ankita Prasad, Brian V. Hughes, Christian Müller, Igor, Sean Miller, #WOCinTech Chat and Tanya DePass. To become a sponsor, email modelviewculture -at- gmail.