[Update]: Prose and Verse updated!
I have a new pet peeve, to add to the gazillion I already have. Which is probably a big hint to everyone that I’m starting a rant. Please feel free to click the ‘x’ on the browser window.
My newest irritatnt? The portrayal of the IT industry (aka software industry) on TV and movies. It’s so horribly erroneous that I either walk out of the movie (or atleast say that I will walkout till the movie finally ends and I really have to walk out) or change channels or like in most cases, fret and fume even if there’s no one around to listen to me.
There’s this Telugu movie called ‘Aadavaari matalaku ardhaale verule’. Without going into specifics, it’s a family love story (that’s a new genre – no skin, no scenes that make you squirm in your seat if you’re sitting next to your Grandma, etc etc etc) and the protagonists are both employees in a software firm. The flaws were so obvious and glaring that I wonder why the director did not take a minute to validate his story with reality – not to mention it was filmed in an IT hub like Hyderabad. And yesterday on TV, I happened to catch this serial that centers around young people working in a call centre and it was so OMG-that’s-just-stupid!
So to all those directors who make movies or plays on the IT industry –
– We (software engineers) do not work on physical files. We do not carry file folders to work and submit reports to our bosses on paper. We use e-mail and electronic files. Heard of e-mail? No? I’m not surprised considering you guys still seem to live in caves.
– Our bosses cannot stand in the middle of the office floor and shout at us for not doing something right. They just cannot. Even if our mistake just cost the company a million dollars. They can fire us, yes, but they cannot shout at us in front of the whole world.
– If you want to show the hero working on some software application, atleast use Micrsoft Office. Notepad just doesn’t cut it.
– Windows Media Player is just a media player. It can play songs and movies. It’s not the FBI or CBI database of criminals and/or terrorists. And it most certainly does not come with embedded face recognition capabilities.
– If the hero is in a group discussion as part of his recruitment process and if he hesitates to speak since he cannot speak in fluent english, the recruitment manager will not come to him and say ‘Dont feel ashamed to speak in Telugu, go ahead and speak. Language doesn’t matter’. In reality, they’ll just ask him to get the hell out.
My sincere advice? Please watch a couple of Hollywood movies. Or atleast the CSI series on TV. They sound stupid at some level too, but atleast not as moronic as you guys. And if you tell us one more time that the trigger to a nuclear device is a TV remote control thing, well, there’s nothing much I can do considering the fact that I’m just an average-jane-movie-goer. But I will call you a stupid idiotic schmuck on my blog. And I have atleast 2 readers to read this. Just so you know.
And why should you take a software engineer’s advice? Because the geek shall inherit the earth. And we’re first in line for the throne.