The Manifesto highly reflects my individual feelings and thoughts. I think it is both passionate and fair to all Notre Dame computer science students. Almost every computer science student here at Notre Dame could identify with this manifesto because it is written in a way that is highly relatable. Instead of describing an extreme stereotype, it explains that most ND computer science students are somewhere between two extreme stereotypes often forced upon us.
The point about ND computer science students uniting the business and tech worlds is extremely salient. This is especially true for the large proportion of students who plan to work as consultants after graduation. They will be able to use their technical skills and relate them to real business problems.
The last paragraph is the most “warcry-ish” of the entire manifesto. I think it disparages capitalists and legislators, but in a constructive and truthful way. Technology outpaces all other industries, and computer scientists should be aware of — and proud of — this fact.
I identify highly with the Portrait’s description of appearance. Many of my tops do come from recruiters. My hair length may be unprofessional to some, but I don’t really care. While I wore suits to interviews, most of my interviewers wore shorts, t-shirts, and trainers. Since I don’t have to dress nice, I choose to save money and dress economically.
One area that I do not completely identify with is personality. I love socializing with people: it gives me joy and happiness. In social settings, I am a complete chatterbox and will start a conversation with anybody. However, I sometimes find it hard to work with other people. I am highly monochronic, and I try to focus on one thing at a time. My lack of multitasking talent often makes it hard for me to socialize in the context of doing a group project.
Stereotypes are very significant to the way that I view the world. While many stereotypes are the result of false beliefs and systematic oppression, some are the product of real world experience. For example, I sincerely believe that, on average, the amount of non-natural color hair dye in a woman’s hair is positively correlated to her ability with technology. Is this fair to all women, no. But it’s a stereotype that I believe hold in many cases.
Stereotypes are also significant in the way that the world views me. I like to think of myself as a hacker with a nice coat of paint and a few etiquette lessons. Style and cleanliness are certainly more important in other professional fields (lawyers, bankers, etc.), but they are still important in the computing industry. Presentation is key.
I don’t think that the presence of a Manifesto or Portrait are harmful because they are not documents that one has to formally agree to in order to contribute to an FLOSS project or get a job. They are documents that can inspire people and allow them to feel like they are supported by a community of like minded people.