August 14, 2001

Mob Software: The Erotic Life of Code

Author: JT Smith

The first-person essay is at DreamSongs.com. "Over the years I've despaired that the ways we've created to build software matches less and less well
the ways that people work effectively. More so, I've grown saddened that we're not building the range of
software that we could be, that the full expanse of what computing could do-to enhance human life, to
foster our creativity and mental and physical comfort, to liberate us from isolation from knowledge, art,
literature, and human contact-is left out of our vision. It seems that high-octane capitalism has acted like
an acid or a high heat to curdle and coagulate our ways of building software into islands that limit us."

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