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Update Culture

Update culture is a malicious mindset emerging in a capitalist society which in technology manifests by developers of a (typically bloated) program creating frequent modifications called "updates" (sometimes also more sneakily masked under terms such as progress or modernization) and forcing users to keep consuming them, e.g. by deprecating or neglecting old versions, dropping backwards compatibility (e.g. Python) or by downright forcing updates in code. This often manifests by a familiar pop-up message:

"Your software is too old, please update to the latest version."

In software this process is a lot of times automatized and known as autoupdates, but update culture encompasses more than this, it's the whole mentality of having to constantly keep up, update one's software, hardware and other products, it is part of fear culture, bullshit and consumerism. Normies get all neurotic when they haven't received their weekly updates that give them new content or fake sense of "security". The truth is updates break more things that they fix and make software progressively shittier. STOP FUCKING UPDATING EVERYTHING EVERY 3 SECONDS YOU IDIOTS. Good software is written once and works for hundreds of years without maintenance.

A typical example falling under update culture are web browsers or proprietary operating systems that strive for bloat monopoly.

Update culture is however not limited to computers or technology, hell no. It is the mood of the whole society and applies to things such as fashion, business, gossip, watching TV news every day, browsing social media or constantly updating laws, it is the acceptance and approval of living in a constant stress of having to extort extreme amounts of energy just to keep up with artificially made up bullshit, to race against oneself and others in a never ending artificially sustained race with no winners, just with extremely exhausted participants. Current system of law requires constant everyday maintenance that's extremely costly, law needs to be constantly remade and rewritten to reflect any emerging trend in society because it is so unbelievably complex and tries to encompass every single aspect of our society. Of course we eventually oppose any kind of formal law, however the kind of update culture law is yet orders of magnitude worse -- if we see law as a tool to serve society, this kind of law is an utterly shitty tool similar to a hammer that has to be repaired every second just to keep functioning.

Software updates are usually justified by "muh security" and "muh modern features". Users who want to avoid these updates or simply can't install them, e.g. due to using old incompatible hardware or missing dependency packages, are ridiculed as poorfags, idiots and their suffering is ignored. In fact, update culture is cancer because:


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