puff piece [noun]
NORTH AMERICAN informal
An article or story in the media that is excessively complimentary about a person, product, event, etc.
Urbit will achieve this by presenting your whole digital life as a single web service.
This may sound like an obscure Elon Musk pet project, but it’s legit.
The disruption of all disruptions
You uncritically repeat their words, without offering any analysis, objection or counterpoint. You don’t examine any of their claims. You didn’t, as far as I can tell, interview anyone else for their perspective. It’s a puff piece.
Yes, I’ve read Moldbug. It’s nonsense and has no scientific basis, but it is harmful and has led to real world effects. And I don’t know why you think highly theoretical means it’s somehow not real, or any less worthy of objection. As though it doesn’t need to be defended because “j/k it was only theoretical”. If I wrote a piece stating that eugenics had a lot to recommend it in theory, am I now safe from opprobrium? Or is your position that words don’t have meaning unless they describe concrete action?
Do me a favour and don’t finger wag over whether or not morals and beliefs are important in software development when you haven’t got the faintest idea. If he was building, let’s say, software for an architect’s firm, or some stock trading platform, his writings would have essentially no bearing on his day to day work. His philosophy wouldn’t be damaging to the product per se, but I still wouldn’t hire him because it would demean my black colleagues and many others. But to be doing product work on something user- and identity-centered? You better believe his philosophy has an impact.
Case in point, in the example he gives for trolling, he portrays the troll (or the author of defamatory/inflammatory/hateful rhetoric, take your pick) as victim. “He believes that if Twitter bans you for saying the wrong thing, you shouldn’t lose a single follower or a single tweet. You should be able to simply find another content carousel to organize your data.” How convenient that is for the troll! Does the person harmed by those tweets get any restitution? (And if you don’t believe a tweet can be harmful, then I don’t know what to tell you.)
Last but not least, you can hopefully see the irony of being annoyed by so-called “identity politics” (a tautology, of course — all politics are personal) in response to a piece about identity in software.
Final thought: writing for a lay person does not excuse you from journalism. In fact, it demands it.