The decades long drive to turn us into glorified clerks has been wildly successful.
So first, there hasn't been a lot of opportunities to ply the real trade.
Second, a lot of those opportunities have gone to glorified clerks, and they've failed horribly....
I've spent a good deal of the last decade plus 'begging' to be allowed to my job properly.
I've had some success, but only through choosing very specific opportunities. I'd say I've expended as much time on trying to get opportunities as I have on them.
I'm not sure the big boys who could effect the change in approach you allude to, actually understand what a competent developer can do.
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