The Right Thing

30 Oct 2021 02:15 - 17 Jun 2023 08:29
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    • This is a bit of hacker jargon, which like most of the languages and concepts of the computational world, encodes a deep philosophical position in a non-serious manner.
    • The implications are that there is some Platonic ideal out there, and our technical decisions should be evaluated in terms of how close they approximate this ideal.
    • But there's also a performative, social aspect to this term. It implies or creates a certain brotherhood, those who are adept enough to know what the Right Thing is like, those qualified to speak in its name. The speaker not only implies a bond, it creates it.