Blameful Post Mortem: Privilege, Hype and Hubris

by The Editor on November 20th, 2014

Blameful Post Mortem

We’ve got two stories for the Blameful Post Mortem this week. First, incredibly violent, disturbing and misogynistic behavior at Uber: “A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.”

Then, this article in The New Yorker about a talent firm for “rock-star developers” (unironically called “10x”) is so bad we couldn’t even read it all. The article uncritically reproduces the worst tropes of privilege, hype and hubris in the industry. Why does mainstream media refuse to improve its tech coverage, even as the body of thoughtful, critical frameworks for writing about tech grows by the day? The article is also condemnable for contributing to the (false) mythology of the “talent shortage,” even as marginalized tech workers are systemically driven from the industry or found “not a culture fit” for open positions.

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