Clive Thompson explains how the values of code become the norm, and how some coders are successfully avoiding the Lust for Scale.
Clive Thompson and Douglas Rushkoff reminisce about the early days of coding when it was more akin to origami. Thompson argues that scale and efficiency created by the venture capital model breaks the social system. This produces a focus on measurement and engagement, A/B testing, over humans and representation. It is interesting to consider this alongside Thompson’s previous book Smarter Than You Think. The challenge we have is to move away from the magic of coding and automation, the focus on coding as a career.