To be fair, not everyone wants to go on programming into their life’s second half. To start with, managers and marketers make more money. Also, lots of places make developers sit in rows in poorly-lit poorly-ventilated spaces, with not an atom of peace or privacy. And then, who, male or female, wants to work where there are hardly any women?
Bay Area tech culture totally has a blind spot, just another part of their great diversity suckage. It’s hurting them as much as all the demographics they exclude
It's true, it's real, it's sad.
I know it sounds like sour grapes, like weepy nostalgia, like, yes, old bitterness, but the computing industry I'm part of nowadays is nothing like the joyous, optimistic, and welcoming world it was back in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Is it just "money spoils everything?" Perhaps, and perhaps even more it's because of the cult of the celebrity superstar startup founder rock star.
Another interesting theory I've seen tossed around is that this is wreckage from the Great Recession of 2008: when all the Type A over-achievers abandoned Wall Street because there were no longer empires to build there, they ended up in Silicon Valley forming Unicorn startups instead.
Regardless, people today seem to be in it just for power, and don't even seem to care if they're building something worthwhile, lasting, useful, and helpful to others.
Computers are tools. We're supposed to be using them to make the lives of humans easier.
Not cheaper, meaner, and nastier.