I built my early career managing systems and networks for telcos in the dotcom era.
Mismanaged layoffs were a regular feature of the work. It paid well, but so many
burned out along the way and no pay was worth that.
I went a different direction. I got to teach and found new ways to work with tech
and people. In that sense, I was lucky. There are times, though, when I still think
of that younger me desperately struggling on the razor’s edge of burnout.
The events of today brought a lot of that back. While the scope of today’s
grotesque chaos may have been an aberration, the systems and structures that
allow such practices to exist remain prevalent and powerful. I look forward to the
day when we tear them all down.