On Computer Boys

Stereotype Construction (149)

The stereotypes constructed for winnowing of adept programmers are in much parity with the contemporary stereotypes. Therein, I surmise that the commercial dissemination of these winnowing stereotypes were the incunabula of all further preconceptions on programmers.

My inquiry: Why were these stereotypes established?

Programming can be conceived as an intellectual occupation that endeavors for empirical output. As the precedent intellectual occupations have been -as an elite sect- devising abstract conjectures on the general community of human, programming was received as a perversion (per the empirical, tangible output). Such reception of programming was aggravated by two, in-tandem aspects: (1) the empirical output, yield, purveyed potency over the abstract yield of the precedents and (2) per this tangible yield, the act of programming was integrated swiftly into economics (aptly explored throughout the excerpt).

Interim for clarifying on the potency of the empirical yield:

This claim is based on my previous responses (initially on Foucault) wherein I stated that human mind inherently seeks to achieve a solipsist state. In accord, in utter (impossible) solipsist state, the empirical information would completely acquiesce to the devisings of the mind. Programming is an occupation that approached this state through computers that were, with the intellectual input of code, able to interact with the empirical world. Therefore, this interaction with the empirical world bestowed an extent of power to programmers within the scope of the shared, solipsist motive.

Conclusively, the programmers were an unforeseen potency against other intellectual occupations hence had to be debilitated. The means for debilitation were the stereotypes.

Stereotypes debilitated through ascribing impotency in social level to the programmers. As stated within the article, the stereotypes were mainly revolving around how the programmers were unable to interact with the community -with human. Since social interactions and garnering of a community -as I have stated in the class- is another means of power for human, the stereotypes were imposing impotency in social level to overshadow the potency of empirical yield.

Dissemination of these stereotypes was lucrative per these intricate dynamics of power (potency) situated within. People adopted conceptions, these stereotypes, that would provide means to deprecate other individuals hence emphasize self’s power -even if by a miniscule extent.

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  1. Your analysis goes extremely deep into the issue of stereotypes surrounding computer programmers and other tech people. A few parts of your theory sound very familiar, although not in a plagiaristic way. The concept of people stereotyping programmers is obviously valid. The idea that this is because they have greater knowledge and skill – and thus, power – than other individuals makes a fair amount of sense, and your tying of it in to the philosophy of solipsism as a goal for human beings is a strong connection. The only question I might ask is how much of the stereotyping and demeaning you describe is intentional in this way? There’s usually more than one potential concurrent reason for anything, and American anti-intellectualism or the stereotypes of programmers in media also seem to be valid explanations. Other than that, you have a well-constructed argument for your philosophy.

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