I have the vague sense that programming now is a more high-status job than it was in previous decades; that it used to be looked upon as more rote, manual work. The sense is that, while today fresh Stanford grads flock to Google, thirty years ago Ivy League graduates were seen as better suited to manage programmers, not do it themselves.
Is this supported by historical evidence? When did the shift happen, if there was one? Did the Web affect things?
(Here I'm not interested in value judgements, or how high-status our profession "should be", just the history.)