Everything is amazing and nobody is happy.
Why I’m Thankful for JS Fatigue. I know you’re sick of those words, but this is different.
Eric Elliott
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There’s a reason for that.

Yes, everything is amazing, or at least a historically unprecedented fraction of “everything” is more amazing than we have ever known.

But people are under such unbearable pressure that they can’t enjoy it. You’re fatigued because you’re expected to know everything all at once, or at worst Google The Answer in seconds and ship next week. And for something to be new and trendy, it has to be in a constant state of change, and people are rubbish at dealing with constant change. Then there’s the younger! cheaper! harder working! fetish pandemic to the looting phase of capitalism. By the time a developer has internalised not merely the (once-)newest and shiniest, but how to actually do useful work with it, he’s dismissed as being “too old! too slow! too expensive! too knowledgeable!”, and a platoon of assistants to the deputy junior bootcamp survivor is brought in to do half the job before the budget runs out. Customer satisfaction? What’s that? What matters nowadays is “disrupting”; spewing marketing-flavoured random phrases in a tone and verbosity that suggests you Know Important Things that “should” just keep the investors in thrall. The product is an oxymoron; what matters is The Great Game: selling ads viewed purportedly-captive eyeballs to other snake-oil vendors no more attached to anything resembling the reality most people live in than you are.

It’s not just JavaScript, but that’s the poster child because it’s been marketed by, for, and to wantrapreneurial would-be hipsters for a decade now. And as long as the BS is impressive enough, and pervasive enough, and so ridiculous that investors can’t believe anybody could make claims like that with a straight face unless it was real, there continues to be money to be made.

Charles Ponzi would have made an amazing, “visionary” startup CEO, likely charming marks out of a Series T investment round before shutting down and coming up with a new spin.

Dystopia would be a massive improvement.

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