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Re: meritocracy is not the problem (Reply)

12.05.2012 12:37 am (UTC)

Re: meritocracy is not the problem

Posted by [identity profile] https://me.yahoo.com/a/NgO6flxx0ZboB7dfDM12BDmiGuHRv47U#a7c01
the idea that our real world meritocracies are based on merit is a myth

again, that speaks to the practice, not the ideal.

As Mark point out above, "merit" here is defined as "72-column line lengths"

from my reading, that is actually an oversimplification of how merit was being evaluated. that being said, linus' evaluation of the merit of another human being (as opposed to his evaluation of the merit of github) appeared to be entirely personal and perhaps even vindictive. i, for one, wouldn't place any merit in that evaluation of merit.

does that make me one of the people who simply don't care? perhaps. i don't revere the man. i don't think his opinions matter all that much. if someone doesn't like what linus has to say then they shouldn't listen to it. take a cue from rudyard kipling's "If" ("if all men count with you but none too much") and take linus and his ego with an appropriately sized grain of salt.
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