The final installment of Passionate Sanctimony introduces examples culled from social media that clearly illustrate blatant contradictions in the most divisive issue we face as a community and the failure of industry leadership to lead by example.
Part two of this mini-series delves into the single most contentious issue afflicting our industry: Charges of exclusiveness and the inevitable fire-hydrant of vitriol that ensues when someone is accused of violating public morality.
Tearing people down to prove a point does not help strengthen a community’s foundation or create a more inclusive workplace. It only serves to further divide a community that has proven itself to be singularly awful at talking amongst ourselves.
I am thrilled to have had an article I penned entitled "Artistic Distance" accepted for publication in A List Apart.
Recently, the Twitters prompted me to look into "wet shaving". Wet shaving is a technique that requires a safety razor that holds a double-edged blade, a brush, a good soap or cream, a bowl, and a steady hand.
I've had a few days to let the events of EECI2011 sink in and I have to admit that I don't regret that the shit storm I created happened. It has people talking about issues that are clearly roiling beneath the surface in our industry. I'm just very sorry that the blowback affected people for whom I have a great deal of respect, especially Robert Eerhart.
Due to three elements I used to add what I thought was innocuous humor to my talk at EECI2011, a small number of people who took issue with my cartoons (some of whom are basing their judgment entirely on hearsay) are now calling for a "code of conduct" for speakers. In other words, censorship.
For potential clients, the web design and development marketplace must be like walking through a Moroccan Bazaar replete with monkeys and midgets. Everywhere they turn, vendors are vying for their attention and shouting about the latest web technology and the greatest design solutions and the best deals. Buyers are understandably dazzled and confused by the plethora of choices they confront whilst having to be constantly vigilant against unidentifiable pickpockets.