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The Zed Shaw Phenomenon

If you email me, please give me your best shot at describing what a crazy ass tweaker is.

Back in December of 2012, Zed Shaw wrote an essay entitled Indirection Is Not Abstraction (if link is broken). In this, Shaw notes that there are a few misconceptions about the definitions of several terms used to describe methods of modular design and code isolation: interfaces, abstractions, and indirection. Basically, he suggests that our fellow coders and engineers mix them up and conflate them with other concepts.

The article is clearly a bit of a work in progress, as noted by Shaw himself in the concluding paragraph. It is not particularly well-written or well-structured. Shaw uses a writing style that conjures this image of the ever irritating shock-jock. If there is something he doesn't like, he emphasizes with expletives. If there is someone he doesn't like, he will go out of his way to find the room to take a shot at them. For instance, later on, Zed Shaw manages to inexplicably slip in a link to a search for "Dave Winer Asshole."

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24 Jul
Tracy Harms @kaleidic
RT @wilkieii: http://t.co/Ppfy12mkUk My interactions with Zed Shaw and how it exhibits a wider problem with bullies in the open source comm…
24 Jul
zedshaw @zedshaw
I'm an internet bully http://t.co/C3Q9JdfExp That's a lot of words from someone who first wrote dumb shit about me.
23 Jul
Hacker News 20 @newsyc20
The Zed Shaw Phenomenon http://t.co/gaRw5rXp0M (http://t.co/yRvY00LzzJ)
23 Jul
Magnus Holm @judofyr
RT @wilkieii: http://t.co/Ppfy12mkUk My interactions with Zed Shaw and how it exhibits a wider problem with bullies in the open source comm…