Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and most other social media companies are laying off thousands, and tens of thousands. Each.
As a recession looms, Silicon Valley is shedding the non-essential workers it acquired when unlimited venture funding made turning a profit an afterthought. Musk happens to have taken the helm at Twitter just as this reality is asserting itself. In this sense, the revolt against his leadership is the last stand of a cohort of activist hangers-on who are about to find themselves unemployed.
YaBoiZach was watching TikToks from laid-off Facebook employees, and he says that almost none of the laid-off people had any technical skills of any kind– they’re all in “soft” stuff like “climate,” “human rights,” recruiting, “diversity officer,” morale boosting.
He said one laid off woman was a “Niceness Maestro.” Now, that may sound like an exaggeration, and I’m sure it is an exaggeration, but I have heard of positions like “Director of Niceness” or the like at these companies.
No, I can’t link these TikToks — TikTok’s search function is terrible. I looked for them and failed.
He calls these thousands upon thousands of absolutely useless, skill-less profit-vampires “human bloatware.” Which was actually Brian Stelter’s official job title at CNN, and look what happened to him.
Many of which were recruited in the aftermath of #MeToo, and then George Floyd, and of course after Trump’s election — to serve as the #Resistance in tech.
But you can’t sustain Trump-level Human Bloatware in a Joe Biden Austerity Economy. Congratulations, #Resistance — you said “You’re fired” to yourselves.
You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sorry for these benighted and useless fools…