The Startup Scenester(

8 years ago from Jeff Escalante, Engineer @ Carrot

  • Nick StamasNick Stamas, 8 years ago

    I know you meant it as a fun, light-hearted post, but it's important to consider our motivations, too.

    Since you've identified this piece as satire, it's hard to believe you when you say your intent wasn't to mock. From Wikipedia (

    "Satire is a genre of literature, and sometimes graphic and performing arts, in which vices, follies, abuses, and shortcomings are held up to ridicule, ideally with the intent of shaming individuals, and society itself, into improvement."

    I don't think anyone is disagreeing that the stereotype you describe exists, but why make fun of them? If your intent is to shame them into improvement, then own up to that. My opinion is that this piece isn't effective as satire. If that's not your intent, then this really only exists so that we can chuckle while we reaffirm to ourselves that we aren't one of the sad, clueless people you've described. That may feel nice for a moment, but is it constructive?

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    • Jeff EscalanteJeff Escalante, 8 years ago

      Would it help if I added at the end "If you are one of these people, you should be ashamed of yourself, and actually learn a skill that's relevant to technology and do something good for the world"?

      If so I'd be happy to add that, but I thought this was kind of the assumed undertone of the whole piece, and it would be heavy-handed to explicitly explain it.

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