“Case in point” regarding the absence of professional ethics in startups and blogging: painful piece entitled “Gangbang Interviews” and “Bikini Shots”: Silicon Valley’s Brogrammer Problem at Mother Jones on sexism in the software industry.

The most telling aspect of these incidents, says veteran Seattle developer Christy Nicol, is that none of the company leaders involved appeared to realize initially that they’d done something wrong. They had simply crafted messages aimed at young men, apparently assuming: Who else would be drawn to programming jobs? “It was the mindset seated deep in the subconscious that programmers are male,” she says.

Or at least that all programmers want to be in on the joke.

A problem being dealt with at big companies, but among startups, not so much.

We Are All Borg

Great little piece by Erica Sadun at TUAW about technology and choice:

It was then I realized: I have been assimilated. I am become Borg. I have betrayed the trust of my fellow ex-librarians. (Although shelf-reading, book dusting, and card sorting are skills I hope never to re-acquire. Ever.)

Like it or not, practices don’t just reflect our commitments, they shape them.

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