Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

English language

ISBN:
9781912248704

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4 stars (2 reviews)

More Memoir than Manifesto, but not a bad thing

4 stars

"Abolish Silicon Valley" is a timely read, even if published prior to the Global Pandemic. Given the subject matter (Capitalism, Silicon Valley, technology and its impact on society), the fact that it is difficult to ascertain this slight observation speaks highly to the importance of its subject matter. Though not unique in this experience, I came to this book with slightly different expectations; it does have quite a Manifesto-friendly title, in fairness. Initially, I was disappointed by that, but the second half offers more than enough manifesto-friendly "food for thought". Wendy Liu has an interesting story and, coupled with a proclivity for the poetic (Liu has a soft spot for David Foster Wallace and it shows in her writing), still strikes a chord with those even remotely influenced by the decisions and outputs of Silicon Valley (that is to say, a whole lot of people currently). This book promises a …