Back to the Cult of Action for Action’s Sake

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In I.T. (and some other areas) we’re living an odd age, when people worship the entrepreneurship for itself, with open attacks to the professional experience and academic knowledge hereat.

It’s a kinda talkshow version of the Cult of Action for Action’s Sake, or the Cult of the Common Man: the idea that the unlearned man knows better than the connoisseur; that the knowledge would subvert man.

We’re experiencing lots of articles, papers, and talks entitled “What I Learned in My First Year as X” (and some variations), despising the professional experience at all.

Aside that, there has been a flood of books, videos, and podcasts about “How to Learn X in 24 Hours”, as if it’s possible to learn in such a short time what the experts have learned for so many years.

Ten years ago I was already a 6-year-experienced worker and a 22-year-experienced programmer, and then I just started to watch professional speakers, really newbie guys at work, telling their audience that the experience is worthless – literally.

I heard for myself one of them saying:

— You have years of experience, but you’re all bullshit. All you seniors know are bad habits. Only sticking rigidly to the newest methodologies, following questionless their directions you can be a fruitful developer.

Unskilled workers wanting to be paid as well as seniors… for them such speech is very pleasing, saying they deserve what others take years to earn.

And that easy-way speech has been getting stronger and stronger, catching more and more carefree youngsters.

The aftermath is a pack of bad developers filling the labour market, unskilled louder-noise winners, but cheaper – which is the most important to the companies.

And this view is leading the I.T. market into the mud. It’s a downbeat assessment, however it’s where we’re indeed going to, if we’re not gonna take that view down.

Also in Kodumaro.

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Musician, senior software engineer, autistic, and autistic parent (not necessarily in this order)

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