I am currently on a Ruby tutorial and I am frustrated because I feel like things aren’t clicking. I can’t seem to call forth yesterday’s tutorial. I go on google and search “why should I learn to program” for a boost of energy and focus. I click on the first few links for some inspiration or just simple logic from reputable sites. What I find is pretty discouraging:
Where are all the lady programmers at? I need some support from the female community. You can’t be what you can’t see #misrepresentation. And, also, way to stick to the nerdy pale kid with glasses stereotype, internet.
My dinky little computer was about crumble with the next keystroke. I so badly wanted a brand new MacBook Pro to replace my infirmed HP Pavilion, but I couldn’t justify the hefty price tag. To simmer down that cognitive dissonance, I adjusted my attitude to pure hatred for technology.
For months, I had been arguing with a technology enthusiast that iPhones will be the death of real communication, futuristic holograms will kill physical interaction, and artificial intelligence will lead to the demise of the human race. I might not have fully believed every word that I said, but I still don’t think I’m fully wrong. In the process of our discussions, I slowly but surely came along. Maybe technology wasn’t the ultimate evil. Maybe, just maybe, I did want to switch from my worthless flip phone to an iPhone. But I wasn’t ready to admit that, just yet. I started visiting Hacker News, but I wasn’t about to bookmark it or anything.