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Word Spy – geeksploitation March 13, 2013

Posted by sandyclaus in Geek Culture, Geeksploitation.
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geeksploitation

(geek.sploy.TAY.shun) n. To induce young computer programmers to work long hours by taking advantage of their enthusiasm and high energy levels.

Example Citations:

Geeksploitation The act of taking advantage of twentysomething digital workers who are flushed with pioneer enthusiasm and willing to work very long hours if bolstered by junk food, flexible work schedules, and no dress code.

—Gareth Branwyn, “Jargon Watch,” Wired Magazine, February, 1997

Overseeing cube space are those exalted souls in the adminisphere who are in charge of the company and have offices with actual walls.

They tend to be masters of geeksploitation, or getting workers to join the dawn patrol by putting in overnight shifts fueled by coffee, code pie (pizza) and fear of winding up circling the drain—geekspeak for what others call waiting for the axe to fall.

—James Coates, “Generica: Semisweet land of jitterati,” Chicago Tribune, June 8, 1997

Earliest Citation:

Indeed, the large-style living exemplified by certain well-heeled friends belies the sordid little truth underneath so-called “geeksploitation” — none of us are ever going to have it this good again.

—Perl E. Gates, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” Suck.com, October 11, 1996

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The Silicon Valley Diet : Richard Grayson March 13, 2013

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But the upside of being downsized is making a lot of money when your company stock soars after the announcement of your layoff. I had a fat severance and good positions in AOL, Amazon.com and Yahoo. Unemployment was no more troublesome than the expiration of my frequent flyer miles. Finding a new job just meant driving to another office-park campus with dopey street names (Disc Drive, Resistor Road, Infinite Loop) to endure more geeksploitation in exchange for dead Presidents, stock options, a flexible schedule, no dress code, and all the junk food I could eat.

via The Silicon Valley Diet : Richard Grayson.

The Magical Shop Around The Corner ATOMIC CITY – Ain’t It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. March 13, 2013

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I don’t write about Stores very much at all. Retail outlets tend to be soulless places that’s sole reason for existence is to prey upon us geeks. Traditionally they are known as Geeksploitation Outlets.

And every city in every town has them. Right now they all have McFarlane figures, Sideshow Toys, Samurai Jack figures… And these things are good for sure, but they make the various Geeksploitation Outlets meld together… There is no individual spark traditionally…

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Jobs in Candyland uses geeksploitation March 13, 2013

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.http://www.temple.edu/tempress/chapters_1400/1785_ch1.pdf