Microserfs Themes

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Conformity

People tend to conform to their cultures, and the same is true about computer programmers. Daniel observes that the culture changes from generation to generation, and even within a generation depending on the corporation. The term "corporate culture" has been coined to reflect this phenomenon. He also notices that the kinds of people attracted to programming share many common traits, such as not having a real life. This means that the job takes up all attention and energy, leaving nothing left for the usual activities in an adult human's life.

Trying to be a nonconformist can also lead to conformity. Susan goes into a punk rock and art appreciation phase, which is quickly replaced by her desire to decorate a house that looks exactly like one she visits in San Francisco. True individuality is difficult to obtain, and its value may be questionable. Of all the characters, Amy...

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