Last Friday, Valleywag published a post about the tech sector’s increasing abuse of the term “culture fit” as a way to discriminate against potential hires who don’t match the pattern of a successful startup employee. It prompted an outpouring of responses from readers about their own abysmal experiences with the euphemism.
Read some of the comments in this article. Any of them.
I spent 15 years as a software engineer, and I experienced so many of these things. Some of my professors actively scorned women in their classes. I constantly had to “prove myself” in my jobs. My male coworkers got better compensation and promotions, regardless of identical reviews.
This sort of thing isn’t exaggeration. It’s very real. And it makes me so mad.
Just a casual reminder that you need to stop freaking out that OMG’s The Big Mean Corp Is Picking On The Nerds!
That carpet pattern is an artist’s intellectual property, and these other artists were trying to Sell it. Yes, remixed, perhaps, but still in a way that its existence Depended Upon being recognised As The Intellectual Property Of Another Who Would Be Getting No Compensation For Said Work.
"Oh but they should have just offered to collaborate with these guys!” You need to remember that “C.A.D.” is Corporate Legalese for “Hello, We See You Like Our Work.” Any negotiations for collaboration can and maybe even will be done after they make sure they’re going to get their (Rightfully Owed) cut of the continual sale of their specific intellectual property.
"Well what if the Marriott Carpet Cosplayers were just GIVING these things away?" Well then that’d be different, wouldn’t it?