Techies Are Having A Sad That People Won’t Just Call Them ‘Almighty Creators’ Instead

Techies Are Having A Sad That People Won't Just Call Them 'Almighty Creators' Instead

Oh hello, tech people who have in no fashion ever been historically oppressed as a group for being tech people! Were you feeling left out of any discussion of entrenched racism or sexism or classism or anti-GLBT things because they weren’t about you? Then why not start being super sad about the shorthand term people use for referring to your demographic?

At the local micro-roasteries – Sightglass, Fourbarrel and Blue Bottle Coffee – not one of the many young people camped out with espressos and laptops wanted to be called a techie.

Dan Gailey, a 30-year-old tech entrepreneur who was recently working at Four Barrel, said he didn’t identify as a “techie” – and thinks it’s actually a pretty rude term.

“If you use the word ‘techie,’ we know you’re not in tech,” said the Mission District resident. “A lot of negative terms like that – yuppie, hipster – are outsider terms. We don’t call each other techies – at all, ever.”

The preferred terms, he said, are “hackers,” “makers” or “coders.”

We’re trying to figure out how to start unpacking the stupid whininess here, but you guys it is really hard to do so. Is it the snotty “if you use this term, we know you’re not one of us” statement that is sort of mebbe a little bit at odds for any cry for acceptance? Is it the “please call us what we want to be called: gods, lords, and rulers” nonsense? This is a trick question because none of those things are as dumb as this thing:

[Tech venture capital guy Enrique Landa] felt the word “techie” fit into a long history of words used by natives to describe immigrant groups.

“Whenever you get a mass migration of a new wave of people, you get a negative connotation from the people who were there before – like Mexicans in the Mission. The new wave always gets a bad rap.”

Comparing tech immigrants to the Mexican immigrants may be hard – Twitter’s IPO just made an estimated 1,600 new millionaires – but, for Landa, the term “techie” connotes “unwanted newcomer” in much the same way as racial slurs.

Listen. While we here at Happy generally decry the privilege/oppression sweepstakes discussion because comparing historical oppression and who had it worse is a dumb exercise, we need to make an important exception to this rule and say SHUT UP SHUT UP SHUT UP YOU NONSENSE PEOPLE. Getting called a name that is used, perhaps somewhat derisively, to denote a group of people who are reviled mainly for swarming the coffee shops and driving up rent costs is not exactly take to the lunch counters and storm the barricades level stuff. But we do have much meaner things we are now prepared to call you, most of which verge into slurs about the size of your brain being inversely proportionate to the size of your ego.

Aww, you know what? We’re probably being too hard on these nitwits. Everyone wants to claim their own name. For example: we no longer wish to be called “bloggers” because that term denotes an unshaven cheetos-eating basement-dwelling keyboard-pounding schmuck, but we are so much more than that! For example, we are not unshaven! And we dwell in a small office right outside the bedroom. And we enjoy Doritos far more, so suck it, stereotypes. Besides, we never call ourselves a term as gauche as “bloggers.” We prefer “e-wordsmiths” because that really gets at the heart of our amazing craft. We will also accept “lords of the new church” because it reflects what powerful thought-leadering we are doing. We’re also going to reclaim “citizen journalist” which is a term everyone now hates to be called even though internet e-wordsmith gods invented that term to describe ourselves. Please start simultaneously worshipping us and sympathizing with our terrible marginalization immediately.

[San Francisco Chronicle h/t Valleywag]

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  • Farb

    We never call one another fat, stupid guys, but that’s how we’re known among the outsiders.

    • kfreed

      Truly, nobody cares.

  • mondojohnson

    I think “techie” is pretty tame, compared to their chosen self-identification. “Hackers”? “Makers”? Gag.

  • Ambignostic

    You can be the Lords of the New Church if you promise not to strangle yourself with your microphone cord.

  • Enfant Terrible

    “Son, we live in a world that has servers and networks, and those servers and networks have to be supported by men with laptops. Who’s gonna do it? You? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, keeps the servers and networks up and running. You don’t want the truth because deep down in places you don’t talk about at parties, you *want* me on that firewall, you *need* me on that firewall. We use words like install, code and upgrade. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent chasing programming bugs and fending off viruses. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to someone who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very information access that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a laptop, and start working incidents. Either way, I don’t give a damn what you think you are entitled to.”– Nathan R. Jessup, aggrieved techie

  • Haribo Lector

    I prefer to think of myself as a Code Artisan.

  • gurukalehuru

    The thing is, you need a portmanteau word for coders, hackers, and makers who, to those of us who are not techies or even tech-literate, all look pretty much the same. So, if you don’t like “techies,” how about cackermakers?

  • $73376667

    Let’s break down the options, shall we?Hacker: waaaay too loaded with “that’s our word” political import. Guaranteed way to get involved in a too-long lecture on “hacker” versus “cracker” and then “white hat” versus “black hat” and OHMYGODSHOOTMENOW!Maker: Oh look, another internet libertarian goes Galt. Long story short: you don’t want to be in the same coffee shop as this person to begin with.Coder: Everyone wants to be a “coder,” from the script kiddie who downloaded Baby’s First DDoS Script to the brogrammer whose entire job seems to be to speak in buzzwords. I’m sorry, but you don’t deserve a special title simply because you can Triforce.How about we all just stick with the traditional term: ass pies.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    I think we should go back to referring to them by their formal job description- self absorbed libertarian douchebags

  • Klem Johansen

    I’m a nerd. Eating shit while helping people out of their self-inflicted crises is my job- sort of. I’m not IT. I’m just a non-idiot when it comes to this stuff, so in that anti-Randian “from each according to his ability” way, I am required to be of service. I don’t care what people call me because age has made me realize that I’m not the most important person in the room- even when I am the only one in it; how is that possible?

    • mtn_philosoph

      I have news for you: everyone who is employed eats shit as part of their job. Everyone. They get it from either their superiors or from their customers, and sometimes from both simultaneously. And the reason that you are so often being drafted into “helping people out of their self-inflicted crises” is quite possibly because your employer thinks that it is the most valuable thing that you can contribute right now. So be grateful that you even have a job at all. Multitudes of quite talented and skilled people in this country are not nearly so fortunate.

      • Klem Johansen

        You are the winner of assuming things. Congrats! I happen to have made partner a decade ago; I own a significant chunk of the company; and the main part of what I do brings in more than half the company’s annual revenue. But, please, do continue telling me about how ungrateful I am toward the people who don’t understand the tools of their job (who are actually my co-workers and employees and not my employers). Do you count yourself among the “quite talented?” I’d love to hear more about this. What are your talents? What about them warrants the “quite” part? *head resting on folded hands in anticipation*

  • mtn_philosoph

    I would use a perfectly neutral, but very appropriate term when I want to refer to these individuals: employees. The label is neither degrading nor is it exalting. It puts them on the same plane as the rest of us, which is: people who trade their labor for pay. In other words, folks who work for a living.

  • mtn_philosoph

    Reporter: Are you a mod, or a rocker?Ringo: Um, no. I’m a mocker.

  • kfreed

    How about dude bro? Was I supposed to care about what offends a bunch of self-obsessed Libertarian tech dorks persecuted by nobody?