Yazılımcılar, yazılım mühendisleri… Liberaller, liberal geçinenler… Az biraz Kierkegaard… Yazılım nire, hikâye kurgusu nire… Propaganda kimleri hedefler…
Alan Kay’den Wikileaks’e, Banksy ve Richard Feynman’dan Steven Johnson’a, bildiğimiz veya bilmek isteyebileceğimiz (dangozlar da insan: isteyebileceğim…) isimlerin kitaplarından, konuşmalarından alıntılanmış bazı metinler, sözler…
Tüm bunlar — aslında çok daha fazlası, Bret Victor isimli bir yazılım mühendisinin (arayüz tasarımcı) alıntılar sayfasında bulduklarımı işaret ediyor. Sadece birkaçı… Belki bir fikir verir diye:
## Richard Gabriel: The Design of Parallel Programming Languages
John [McCarthy]’s world is a world of ideas, a world in which ideas don’t belong to anyone, and when an idea is wrong, just the idea — not the person — is wrong. A world in which ideas are like young birds, and we catch them and proudly show them to our friends. The bird’s beauty and the hunter’s are distinct…
Some people won’t show you the birds they’ve caught until they are sure, certain, positive that they —the birds, or themselves– are gorgeous, or rare, or remarkable. When your mind can separate yourself from your bird, you will share it sooner, and the beauty of the bird will be sooner enjoyed. And what is a bird but for being enjoyed?
## Noam Chomsky: talk
[In the U.S.], “libertarian” means “extreme advocate of total tyranny”… It means power ought to be given into the hands of private unaccountable tyrannies. Even worse than state tyrannies, because there the public has some kind of role. But the corporate system, especially as it has evolved in the twentieth century, is pure tyranny. Completely unaccountable. You’re inside one of these institutions, you take orders from above, you hand it down below… there’s nothing you can say, tyrannies do what they feel like, they’re global in scale. This is the extreme opposite of what been called “libertarian” everywhere in the world since the enlightenment.
## Bjarne Stroustrup: interview in MIT Tech Review
Q: In The Design and Evolution of C++, you claim that Kierkegaard was an influence on your conception of the language. Is this a joke?
A: A bit pretentious, maybe, but not a joke. A lot of thinking about software development is focused on the group, the team, the company. This is often done to the point where the individual is completely submerged in corporate “culture” with no outlet for unique talents and skills. Corporate practices can be directly hostile to individuals with exceptional skills and initiative in technical matters. I consider such management of technical people cruel and wasteful. Kierkegaard was a strong proponent for the individual against “the crowd” and has some serious discussion of the importance of aesthetics and ethical behavior.
## Sol Stein: Stein on Writing
Nonfiction conveys information. Fiction conveys emotion.
## Adam Cadre: some of my evaluative patterns
Nonfiction also tends to fall into the trap of failing to communicate with the reader. All too many writers, especially in academia, act as if they are programmers in 1980 trying to fit an entire videogame into 4K. Write to communicate; don’t just densely encode information for storage.
## Michael Rivero
Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one’s self-image of standing for principles. Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, .
Bret Victor, beast of burden | Quotes