To be clear, these are not cavalier issues. People's ability to provide for their families, not to mention their feelings of self-worth, hang in the balance. Older tech workers have had to dye their hair, rework their wardrobe, leave graduation dates off their resumes and even get rid of age-telling AOL email accounts in order to get a shot at a job.
But there is a level of hypocrisy among these tech workers. For decades, they were part of a libertarian undercurrent in Silicon Valley culture, one that values freedom of thought, speech, and -- yes -- business practices without government intervening.
Theirs was supposed to be a culture of absolute meritocracy, cut-throat innovation, and supply meeting demand at all costs. Fair or not, Silicon Valley companies today are demanding younger workers to replace older ones.
The veterans may not be happy with what Cisco, Facebook, Twitter, and others are doing, but they shouldn't be surprised.
Tom Kaneshige covers Apple, BYOD and Consumerization of IT for CIO.com. Follow Tom on Twitter @kaneshige. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, Facebook, Google +and LinkedIn. Email Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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