They all all laughed at Christopher Columbus when he said the world was round.
They all laughed when Edison recorded sound
They all said I never would be happy
If I deleted my Apple, Twitter, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Dropbox accccooooouuunts.
But ho, ho, ho!
Who’s got the last laugh now?
It’s been almost two weeks since I wrote here on Pando about my increasing exasperation with Silicon Valley and my decision to step out of the fray.
For the past couple of weeks, as I’ve reached these entirely new levels of despair at the state of the tech industry, Sarah’s words have haunted me. Unlike back in 2011, the problem today isn’t limited to a single company but to an entire ecosystem. It’s represented not just by assholes like Travis Kalanick but also by “good guys” like Jack Dorsey who allow Donald Trump to use their platforms as a literal bully pulpit. In the middle are an awful lot of people like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos who save the planet and support journalism in the morning and then gladhand Donald Trump in the afternoon.
Since then, my cynicism has been more than vindicated — most recently by Elon Musk’s thank you gift from Trump but also by Twitter’s continual enabling of President Trump and Arianna Huffington’s revolting display of fiduciary coolgirlism at Uber.…