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I'm so glad somebody else hates how the tech business uses the word "ecosytem"

From this brilliant, must-read, long-form article by Paul Ford in Bloomberg, "What is Code":

When your app is done, you may sell it in an app store. And if users are excited to use your app, they’ll be motivated to buy more apps. Loops upon loops, feeding into one another, capital accruing to the coffers of the patient software giants. An ecosystem. “Ecosystem” is another debased word, especially given what we keep doing to the real, physical one around us. But if a few hundred thousand people are raising their kids and making things for 100 million people, that’s what they call it.

I thought I was the only one!

And Ford is quite right to counterpoise "ecosystem" to "capitalism." That is exactly what is going on.

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Submitted by paintedjaguar on

I've been bitching for years about the usage "growing a business". I really do think it's related to the push to convince people that property rights, "intellectual property" etc are natural and inevitable rather than artificial constructs.