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07.12.20

Cleaning the Code

Posted in Deception at 6:30 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Annie Get Your Gun

Summary: War must go on; but it’ll be more diverse and inclusive

CENTURIES taught the harms of slavery
Toil and violence, torture and cavalry

Metaphors are bad, they can cause trauma
Or for those who never experienced it an opportunity for drama

Changing one’s code, then the documentation
The APIs will change, decades of adaptation

With food comes appetite, so why stop at “slave”
In land of the free, or home of the brave

Little by little the list has expanded
Colours are racism, so more words are added

Never mind the problem, we have a solution
Racism always starts at the institution

One by one we ask the tough questions
Corporations are urged to pay close attention

Do as we say or the company is racist
Bombing is OK, as long as it’s statist

Years go by, inequality grows
But we fix our code by “search and replace” and then the program blows

Where are the developers, we’ve been so inclusive
The debt collectors too are growingly assertive

Words are a weapon, pens mightier than swords
You can get rid of “masters” but there will still be landlords

Equality is tough to attain when a country is established upon lack of it
It’s a republic, not a democracy, just learn to deal with it

Decades then pass, inequality persists
The code may be sanitary, endorsed by the priests

Literature has revealed that book-burning works
Of difficult subjects nobody talks

Dialogue continues, inclusiveness in mind
Words have been banned, have long been left behind

Denylists are red, allowlists are green
Don’t tell the “redskins”, unless that sporting club can win

Monochrome society is less subjected to bigotry
For different races are identified only by colours for mockery

Big endians are offensive, think of the small
Suddenly the code speaks of little and tall

Pronouns amended, big endians ended
Management attended, nobody felt offended

A perfect society, obedience assured
Put behind bars those who say it’s absurd

Privacy degraded, wages stagnated
But who gives a damn where society is headed

Canceled are the ones who stand in Utopia’s way
That’s just the price that for paradise we must pay

On a pedestal we put, at the pedestal we nod
Those who never wrote a single line of code

Sometimes, you see, obstructing progress
Is the tree that infects the entire forest

Climate change accelerated, living condition worsened
Nukes controls lessened, voting rights ended

The code was beautiful, deployed nicely on a drone
It had a few bugs, to killing protesters it was prone

The code was tolerant
Inclusive and excellent

It was better at killing minorities
Just like in past centuries

Herein we arrive, having come full circle
From slavery to assassination, like from Hitler to Merkel

Diverse we’ve become, women too can bomb
‘Annie Get Your Gun’ no longer seems as dumb

Institutional injustice, exclusion notwithstanding
We need more than word changes for reconciliation and understanding

Idealists would say and dreamers might accuse
They’d say antagonists are Nazis, people who hate Jews

It all started with a debate — a debate about words
It was about sensibilities, but never about wars

Society will perish if all debates are shallow
How did we end up with a public discourse this hollow?

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