Hm. This Sounds Familiar
Bill Quick

Silicon’s Valley’s Brutal Ageism | New Republic

Twenty years ago, when Matarasso first opened shop in San Francisco, he found that he was mostly helping patients in late middle age: former homecoming queens, spouses who’d been cheated on, spouses looking to cheat. Today, his practice is far larger and more lucrative than he could have ever imagined. He sees clients across a range of ages. He says he’s the world’s second-biggest dispenser of Botox. But this growth has nothing to do with his endearingly nebbishy mien. It is, rather, the result of a cultural revolution that has taken place all around him in the Bay Area.

Silicon Valley has become one of the most ageist places in America. Tech luminaries who otherwise pride themselves on their dedication to meritocracy don’t think twice about deriding the not-actually-old. “Young people are just smarter,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told an audience at Stanford back in 2007. As I write, the website of ServiceNow, a large Santa Clara–based I.T. services company, features the following advisory in large letters atop its “careers” page: “We Want People Who Have Their Best Work Ahead of Them, Not Behind Them.”

Remember “Don’t trust anyone over thirty?”

Yeah, me neither.

These punks will be on the other side of their “brutal ageism” soon enough.  In the meantime, they’ll keep right on suckering supposedly smart Millennials into putting in ten bucks worth of labor for a buck in actual pay.  Because youth.  Enjoy, chumps!


Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Hm. This Sounds Familiar — 1 Comment

  1. The amusing part of this from my perspective is that young developers absolutely suck at some key skills.

    They have no idea how to write maintainable code, and they really don’t care, because they don’t think they will be the ones to maintain it.

    They are terrible at anything related to user experience or user interface design. Age, perspective, and experience with a wide variety of people are essential ingredients for good design. People get better at design as they get older. Any company that is intent on hiring only indentured 25-year-old code monkeys will probably suffer the consequence of having a product users hate.

    Perhaps worst of all, they have an attitude that everyone else should think just like them. They lack team skills, and get into silly arguments over trivialities. They tend to be more loyal to the profession of coding than to the company they’re working for right now.

    They’re they type responsible for some of that stuff you hate about web sites, Bill.