This reminds me of a half-written thing I've had lying around for ages and really should finish, on how the "tech as magic, developers as wizards" thing reinforces both harmful taylorist ideas of management ("your job is to write the magic computer words and not think too deeply about what you're doing and why") but also the specific conditions and relations of labour that devs materially benefit from.


(ie: Once you admit publicly that programming itself is not actually that hard and the interesting / difficult part of it is actually about figuring out relations with and models of the world, you're both bound to a responsibility in how you make things and what you choose to make, and you can also kiss goodbye to those sweet overinflated day rates)

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