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    Ah they tricked me with this one, it’s a Medium article hidden behind another domain.

    (Whenever I see “medium.com” next to lobsters articles I know not to click, since the result will be a weak thinkpiece by a frontend developer, wrapped in obtrusive markup.)

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      i had literally the exact same response. “Ah, a medium article….about frontend dev……(tab closed)”.

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        Interesting ‘hot take’!

        You judge people based on the ‘medium’ that they use.

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          “The medium is the message” ;)

          I have to admit though that seeing a medium link is generally a negative signal for me. Still click on many of them.

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            I think Medium’s original USP was “only quality content”.

            Predictably, that didn’t scale.

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              Many confuse Marshall McLuhan’s original meaning of that phrase. It didn’t really mean that the way a message was delivered was part of the message itself. It actually meant that the vast majority of messages were medium or average.

              It would have been better said, “meh, the message is average.”

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                This didn’t really make sense to me, so I looked it up, and I don’t think that’s right. The original meaning is exactly what we’ve come to understand it as:

                The medium is the message because it is the medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action. The content or uses of such media are as diverse as they are ineffectual in shaping the form of human association. Indeed, it is only too typical that the “content” of any medium blinds us to the character of the medium. (Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, 1964, p.9)

                I wonder where you’ve heard your interpretation?

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                  This comment is obviously a troll. Fitting, given that McLuhan himself was a troll.

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                    Interesting interpretation. I am not sure how he originally came to that phrase, but his book certainly spent a lot of time and effort arguing for the now prevalent meaning.

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              Note that what they are complaining about are not excusable as responses to the XY problem. Even if the XY problem is in play, these responses are inadequate.

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                Why do Medium posts about front-end development always make it seem like such a soap opera? The actual people I know who are into front-end development are all reasonable smart people.

                I think there must just be some toxic mutual appreciation subsubculture of front-end “engineers” who like to blog drama.

                The actual content of this post when you strip out all of the “I’ll support my French bros” and expletives is minuscule and entirely unoriginal.

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                  On the other hand, I often field questions like “How do I make this grenade explode faster?”

                  I think asking “What is it you’re trying to explode?” is a good way to get them pondering if there might be an easier way to till the garden.

                  A lot of coders know only one or two tools, so they want to use the grenade for anything, and they need guidance to try out other tools, so they can approach new problems by thinking “What am I trying to solve? And which of the tools I know will work best?”