Is Silicon Valley Good for the World?

Monday, June 03, 2013

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook, holds a press conference at company headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. (Getty Images)

In his most recent New Yorker article, George Packer describes Silicon Valley's biggest blind spot: namely, that its wealth and its youthful demographics has given way to a distinct political and social worldview that mimics libertarianism. He argues that the tech world's aversion to government intrusion (and taxation) leaves the rest of us behind.

But however insulated the culture of Silicon Valley, the fast-paced greed of twenty-something, rich, white males, is not necessarily its only legacy. As Hamish McKenzie reports on PandoDaily, Silicon Valley can and does change the world for the better by inventing products that have the power to enrich our lives, an argument that Packer has since responded to.


Hamish McKenzie

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Jessica Miller

Comments [1]

Dean Price from North Carolina

Packer isn't jealous - he is trying to get you to read his new book - The Unwinding

Silicon Valley should use their forward looking, entrepreneurial spirit and transfer it to main street. The country is crying out for innovation. The timing couldn't be more ripe for disruptive technology, especially when it comes to fuel and food.

One of the answers lies in Packer's book.

Jun. 05 2013 11:50 AM

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