January 30, 2019
After the recent wave of lay-offs of fake news agents, out of work “journalists” took to Twitter to whine about losing their jobs and beg for sympathy.
Instead, they got bombarded with right-wingers telling them to “learn to code.”
On February 10th, 2014, BuzzFeed News published a quiz titled “Should You Learn to Code?,” which provided links to articles recommending coding for people with various interests or professions.
Several months later, in April 2014, in response to a comment by Mark Zuckerberg about shifts in energy use that has led to many coal mines being closed and coal miners behind laid off, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the Future of Energy Summit said, “You’re not going to teach a coal miner to code. Mark Zuckerberg says you teach them [people] to code and everything will be great.”
Over the next year, other media outlets published pieces on coal miners learning to code. On November 18th, 2015, Wired published, “Can You Teach a Coal Miner to Code?” The article, which took issue with Bloomberg’s assertion, focused on several coal miners who were, in fact, learning to code.
On January 24th, 2019, Jalopnik editor-in-chief Patrick George tweeted tweeted he believed in a “special, dedicated section of Hell” for people with anime profile pictures who tweet “learn to code” to journalists who had been laid off (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 1,300 likes and 260 retweets. The tweet was posted shortly after the announcements that BuzzFeed laid of 15% of its staff and The Huffington Post had eliminated its Opinion and Healthcare editorial sections.
Some have argued that the phrase “learn to code” was adopted as a response to articles written about coal miners learning software development as an alternative career (shown below).
Hey laid off journalists who are upset that people are telling you to "learn how to code":
Go mine some coal and then go fuck yourselves. pic.twitter.com/lYWDIIcCKm
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) January 27, 2019
It was very funny to tell these journalists, who made a living out of mocking working class people, what they haughtily told our people when they lost their jobs to globalism.
The jab hurt them so bad, that they lobbied Twitter to ban anyone telling a journalist to learn to code.
Successfully lobbied Twitter, in fact.
Which certainly makes one wonder about the relationship between Twitter and liberal journalists.
Rumours have spread that Twitter plans on treating all “learn to code” tweets targeted at journalists retrenched from publications such as BuzzFeed and The Huffington Post as abusive behaviour.
Twitter told Reason that it won’t be blanket-banning everyone who publishes one of these tweets, however.
“Twitter is responding to a targeted harassment campaign against specific individuals – a policy that’s long been against the Twitter rules,” said a Twitter spokesperson.
Jon Levine of The Wrap said that Twitter representatives previously told him the phrase “learn to code” automatically constituted abusive behaviour, but the company has since backtracked on this stance.
The difference between working class people losing their jobs and Buzzfeed and HuffPo journalists losing their jobs is that people actually care about working class people losing their jobs.
The single response that the whining journalists got on Twitter was mockery.
btw, if any other journos targeted by layoffs are getting masses of “learn to code” harassment, it was coordinated on 4chan (of course) pic.twitter.com/DtpinjWhID
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) January 25, 2019
Just imagine being this fragile.
Then imagine you are that fragile, and a member of the class that shapes public perception of reality.