Saturday, July 18, 2009
Romance in the IT Department?
NPR's Scott Simon's parody of the start of a romance novel set in an IT department raises an interesting question: Is there any serious writing about the personal dramas that take place in the myriad corporate IT organizations around the world. I have read Tracy Kidder's The Soul of a New Machine about the creation of a new minicomputer, and Clifford Stoll's The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage about a system administrator's search for a hacker, but other than humor such as Dilbert (apparently a product developer) and a venerable sendup of "A Visit from St. Nicholas" , I can't think of one. Does anyone know of such serious writing? Should it be encouraged?