No IT Education: Cargo Cult
As pointed out in No
IT Education: "I Can Use A Smart Phone So I'm A Genius"
IT Education: "The Defaults Work So I'm A Genius"
, society, particularly IT, has become a "cargo
cult", doing things because it has seen them done that way but
not understanding why, which ultimately fails.
In World War II, the Americans, after the Japanese, occupied
the previously rarely-visited Melanesian Islands. By plane,
they delivered many supplies to the islands for the war
effort, but these also greatly enriched the lives of the
Melanesians. After the war, the Americans left and so did
their supplies, returning the Melanesians sadly to their
primitive lifestyle. Having seen the supplies being delivered
by plane, the Melanesians thought if they built things that
roughly looked like planes, the supplies, and their
prosperity, would return. Of course, it did not
Doing IT is mostly just thinking, so it is hard to see what an
IT expert actually knows and does. In particular,
programming, including websites and making settings on
equipment, has become akin to magical incantations. To do
something, IT incompetents Google the particular magical
incantation, usually a command and its options, to do what
they need, without understanding any of it. If it works at
all, great, if not, they look for another magical incantation.
This is extreme security stupidity.
and community colleges
teach programming as copying and
pasting in existing code from elsewhere, like the Internet,
hoping it was programmed by someone who actually knows how to
program (it probably wasn't). That's why so many websites
work so badly.
IT incompetents proclaiming themselves as IT experts to IT
incompetent employers and the media speak in generalities --
like fortune tellers -- they think sound like what an IT
expert would say, not any actual detailed IT
In the end, we'll end up as impoverished as the Melanesians
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