Abolish Silicon Valley: How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

How to Liberate Technology from Capitalism

244 pages

English language

Published June 19, 2020 by Repeater Books.

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4 stars (9 reviews)

Former insider turned critic Wendy Liu busts the myths of the tech industry, and offers a galvanising argument for why and how we must reclaim technology's potential for the public good.

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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 …

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4 stars

I recognized a lot of the author's experiences and feelings as a tech worker, and agreed with a lot of the conclusions in the last quarter of the book. I admit that there was an air of "here's what I think should be", that might not convince people who are predisposed to stupid capitalist ideas - but evidently they're not the target of this book. I'd absolutely recommend this book to myself 5-10 years ago, when I was starting out. I think it would have helped me come to the conclusions I had already arrived at much earlier. I would put this on the reading list for interns and people seeking graduate positions in tech.

Another strong point of the book is that it referred to lots of other interesting sounding books and articles, and as a result my reading of this book has caused my reading list to grow, …

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  • big tech
  • silicon valley
  • meritocracy
  • public good