Silicon Valley

All Over But the Shouting

The campaign against Mozilla's CEO was the height of intolerance

Why is it now insufficient to debate our adversaries and coexist with them? Why must we now shame, censure, silence? 

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Mike Judge's films and shows are comedic versions of “love the sinner, hate the sin,” and “Silicon Valley” is no different. 

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What Zuckerberg Hath Wrought

The tech-world teenyboppers who are gobbling up millions

READ: Noam Scheiber on The Brutal Ageism of Silicon Valley

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The Brutal Ageism of Tech

Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete


A behind-the-scenes report from the most ageist place in America: Silicon Valley.

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In our new cover story, senior editor Noam Scheiber reports from "one of the most ageist places in America"—Silicon Valley, where "it’s better to be perceived as naïve and immature than to have voted in the 1980s." Over the past eight months, Scheiber talked to engineers, entrepreneurs, moneymen, and cosmetic surgeons about the tech world's youth fetish, and what it means for the highly-trained, objectively talented older workers shunted to the margins, and for American innovation. The story goes online Sunday night. 

What we can learn from Apple, Google, and Pixar's attempts to keep wages low.

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Trying to create the future of online education is harder than it seemed.

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Are tech entrepreneurs replacing Wall Streeters as the rich bad guys in the popular imagination? It’s starting to seem that way, at least in the media.  The clearest example of this new rich-guy-bad-guy casting shift was the summer’s hullabaloo surrounding Sean Parker’s wedding. A fictional Parker, an early investor in Facebook, played the role of corrupting influence in the Aaron Sorkin-David Fincher film The Social Network.

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One of the curious contradictions of the tech world is that—despite being an industry predicated on exacting, scientific attention to detail—when it comes to the bigger picture, many in Silicon Valley tend towards a Utopian impracticality. Don't-bother-me-with-the-factual limitations dreaming is a good thing for startups, but it can be less useful when applied to social problems.

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Don’t You Dare Say "Disruptive"

It's the most pernicious cliché of our time

It’s the most pernicious cliché of our time.

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