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Uncanny Valley The prescient, page turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley a defining memoir of our digital ageIn her mid twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh faced entrepreneurs hell bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progressAnna arrived amidst a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street But amid the company ski vacations and in office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride or die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be buildingPart coming age story, part portrait of an already bygone era, Anna Wiener s memoir is a rare first person glimpse into high flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry s shift from self appointed world savior to democracy endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionmentUnsparing and incisive, Uncanny Valley is a cautionary tale, and a revelatory interrogation of a world reckoning with consequences its unwitting designers are only beginning to understand DNF I tried and tried again but my interest in start ups and the excessive money they draw is just not there For the most part this is garnering good reviews, but it s just not for me. HM The first 25% was so strong but then it became a long decrescendo I enjoyed this as an audiobook, I find memoirs work really well when someone is reading them to you and you feel like they re coming right from the authors mouth, but this definitely started to become repetitive and the message of tech is sexist and I didn t fit in got boring I definitely learned some stuff and enjoyed moments but it fell a bit flat 3 In her debut memoir, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener recounts how, at age 25, she abandoned her drab job at a New York literary agency for a high paying customer support role at a Silicon Valley start up In compulsively readable prose the writer describes how the excitement she first felt toward working in the tech industry soon soured, after repeated encounters with her white male peers sexism, racism, and disregard for user privacy As she recounts her story she adroitly links her disillusionmen In her debut memoir, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener recounts how, at age 25, she abandoned her drab job at a New York literary agency for a high paying customer support role at a Silicon Valley start up In compulsively readable prose the writer describes how the excitement she first felt toward working in the tech industry soon soured, after repeated encounters with her white male peers sexism, racism, and disregard for user privacy As she recounts her story she adroitly links her disillusionment to the nation s growing disgust with the amorality and arrogance of Big Tech and Big Data The work s swift and easy to digest, but there s not much reportage or analysis here and Wiener s critique of Silicon Valley s culture of privilege is solid but offers little that s new Wiener is a very good writer, and I really liked the original essay that inspired the book But this felt too much like a long form essay extended into a book, with little narrative arc I never felt that invested in the narrator Weiner , or what would happen in the broader world she s inhabiting Just when you think a subplot is developing it peters out, or is muted by a lack of elaboration eg Pizzagate.The narration felt very distant, like someone who s chipping away at a core truth, but ca Wiener is a very good writer, and I really liked the original essay that inspired the book But this felt too much like a long form essay extended into a book, with little narrative arc I never felt that invested in the narrator Weiner , or what would happen in the broader world she s inhabiting Just when you think a subplot is developing it peters out, or is muted by a lack of elaboration eg Pizzagate.The narration felt very distant, like someone who s chipping away at a core truth, but can t quite get at it For example, almost all the characters are reduced to tech bro archetypes Everyone thinks they re crushing it, they don t ever think about the consequences But these are people, too Why are they this way Why does the tech ecosystem reinforce such insular behavior Wiener seemsinterested in condemning tech than understanding the underlying psychology For a non fiction book, I wantednuance Instead, this felt to me like watching a Hollywood movie caricaturing Wall Street That said, Wiener has a sharp wit, with some good turns of phrase

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Uncanny Valley
  • Anna Wiener
  • English
  • 16 June 2019
  • 0374278016

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