It sickens me that some of the biggest media figures in #Linux and #FreeSoftware are alt-right or adjacent, making these spaces actively hostile to the groups already excluded from tech and making young people in particular easy to target with hateful rhetoric.

@ljwrites software and video game cultures are sorta pushing me out of being a software engineer.
I’ve been less and less into computing as time goes on, I think the culture is not great and I sorta just see foss as a way for corporations to exploit free labor.
Idk I loved programming since I was a kid but I think these problems that you’re speaking of are getting worse, and it’s making me disinterested in continuing on in the scene, both for fun and professionally.

@stitchandsew @ljwrites I dedicated so much time to programming since I was a kid. But I went into theatre, where I could do technical/engineering as well as creative work, and I'm so glad. It's work that is meaningful to me and others, and I *can't* significantly contribute to oppressive systems. The friends I had who went into tech kinda lost their souls.

@s0 @ljwrites yeah I am getting to the dead inside point of working in tech.
Just kinda tired of working in it and talking about it these days. I have to find something else that won’t drain me like my current work does.
I enjoy the act of programming and think some aspects of it are cool but I really don’t like most of the resulting products that it has created.

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@stitchandsew @ljwrites just remember you’re very much not alone. There are lots of other folks on fedi and around the place who have left/are leaving tech for the same reasons. I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head but I hope you can find support.

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