Coders

Coders

The Making of A New Tribe and the Remaking of the World

Book - 2019
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"A brilliant and immersive anthropological reckoning with the most powerful tribe in the world today, computer programmers - where they come from, how they think, what makes for greatness in their world, and what should give us pause"--
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2019
ISBN: 9780735220560
0735220565
Branch Call Number: 005.1092 T3723C 2019
Characteristics: 436 pages ; 25 cm

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bibliopeep
Jul 10, 2019

A well-researched book that explores some forgotten contributions to the history of coding. It provides a starting point to a number of societal issues.
*Coders* is in some ways pessimistic. However, Clive Thompson also wrote the book *Smarter than you think : how technology is changing our minds for the better.* which takes a more optimistic look at the computer world.

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Altamera
Jun 22, 2019

In his desperation to prove how woke he is, the misandrist Clive Thompson loses focus. What begins as a nice text on the history of coding, interesting milestones, and impressive achievements devolves into a cesspit of politically correct, virtue-signalling dross. Gender activism runs amok and Clive places his progressive halo of wokeness just so upon his virtuous brow.

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StarGladiator
Jun 13, 2019

Scatterbrained. I suspect this author believes he has something profound to say, but keeps losing his train of thought?!
Hmmm . . . several times he makes the point - - his point - - that a small group of youngish white males are influencing stuff, but . . . the CEO of Google is an Indian; the CEO of Microsoft also comes from India; the owners and managers of Facebook are a Jewish-American male and his Chinese-American wife; the CEO at Apple is an older, gay dude.
Say what? ? ? ? ?
The author cherry picks to a tremendous degree; sidestepping massive data to convey a false narrative/thesis.
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TO REPEAT: In 1990 Silicon Valley, 30% of programmers were American women. Presently, less than 5% are women, and I'm uncertain as to how many of those are American?!
Why? Well, a USA Today business article back in 2002 detailed how a group of female IT workers filed an EOE complaint against their Silicon Valley employer because, after he had replaced all the American male IT workers with foreign visa workers - - foreign nationals - - said employer moved on to replace all the remaining American women IT employees.
The complaint was rejected, of course, as the employer was replacing Americans without regard to gender - - which is why SOLIDARITY is the best strategy, but unfortunately divide and conquer tends to succeed!
Also, it annoys the holy hell out of me when the author infers that derogatory Twitter/tweets directed at females originate from American males - - it's the Internet, stupid! ! !
They originated from all over the planet! [And many aren't human, but foreign chatbots!]
Do your homework, buckaroo!
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[Sidebar: Clive Thompson and Emily Chang are pushing an agenda not based in reality; are they doing this by chance, or paid to do so? It was only years later - - after listening to Tom Braden on the radio - - that I found out he was bankrolled by the CIA. It was years later - - after reading Cleveland Amory's columns - - that I learned that his brother was deputy director of the CIA. It was years later - - after reading articles by the Alsop brothers - - that I learned of their two cousins and uncle who were high-level CIA types! Lewis Lapham, long at Harper's - - and his brother at the CIA? Just how many PuppetMedia - - and book authors - - are connected to the CIA???]
Hate to post an RT, but if that's the only place we can hear Jesse Ventura . . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6J7OkjKESo&feature=youtu.be

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