March 11, 2017

HEWN, No. 204

If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way,” says W. Patrick McCray. But we’re so heavily invested in that cult, aren't we; and I’m not sure many folks care about a deeper understanding of the history of technology. (Or a deeper understanding of much, for that matter). For its part, the New York Times suggested this week that the White House under Trump has embraced Silicon Valley ideology – “Move fast and break things.” Move fast and break democracy. Move fast and break families. Move fast and break the planet.

Yup. Tech is terrible. The tech. Its politics. Its stories: “Move Fast and Break Trust,” says Slate’s Will Oremus. “Meet Silicon Valley’s Secretive Alt-Right Followers” by Josh Harkinson. How an open data project in Detroit might’ve made the city’s foreclosure crisis worse. Zeynep Tufekci on the latest Wikileaks release. The sharing economy is killing us. “Google’s Algorithm Is Lying to You About Onions and Blaming Me for It,” says Tom Scocca. “Uber’s ghost map and the meaning of greyballing” by Nick Carr. Lab-grown woolly mammoths in an Ice Age biome in Russia. I mean, what could possibly go wrong?!

Elsewhere: “Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: Appraising the Brady Bunch’s Art Collection” by Kirk Demarais. And speaking of folks from my childhood, I’m going to see Corey Feldman’s band perform tonight. I have no idea what to expect other than that viral video we all saw. Perhaps it won't be too horrific, and there'll be an interesting story to tell. But right now, I’m sort of all storied out.

Yours in struggle,