[The Listserve] Mokitas and software

Chris
05/13/2017
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Hello fellow listservians!

Today I'm going to introduce you to a word you may not have heard before: mokita.

A mokita is “the truth we all know but agree not to talk about". In English, the concept is maybe best rendered as "the elephant in the room".

Some examples of mokitas in the modern United States:

* Nearly half of our citizens didn't vote, period, for their President.
* The Democratic party, as per policy, scuttled their best populist candidate.
* The Republican party, as per *their* policy, let a probable narcissist and definite political neophyte become their candidate.
* It is cripplingly expensive to get healthcare, especially on short notice, without insurance--and even then, it gets more expensive every year.

I'm not going to rag on politics, though, since that's old news. Let's talk business, specifically software. Let's talk about some mokitas.

I'm a software developer by profession. I don't say software *engineer*, because engineering in most places is a protected term--you have to be accredited, you have to be licensed, you have to have some baseline level of ethics and professionalism.

==> Mokita: Software development is not even close to a mature engineering field, and won't be for a long time. Mokita: Software development is the act of formalizing system rules into a form computers can apply--nothing more. Mokita: Software developers are eroding the foundations of democracy. Mokita: We don't know how to fix this.

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