Original post made on Aug 22, 2013
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on Aug 22, 2013 at 12:05 pm
How sad that this book had to be written, & that someone as thoughtfully intelligent as Mr. Pang was so affected by the distraction of his devices. I suspect that many, many people will find it useful, however, so maybe it'll be a bestseller!
on Aug 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm
I'd like to see Mark Zuckerberg, the Google brothers, Apple and Microsoft executives be made to gather in one room after having read this book and discuss it with Mr. Pang and take questions from an audience of bright people without high-technology bona fides.
And they should have to return for similar sessions on a regular basis.
They should have to confront and answer the unintended consequences and the dysfunction and the raw heedlessness of their enterprises.
As to the claim of heedlessness, I spent 20 years working high tech in Silicon Valley. The entire thing was profoundly dispiriting from beginning to end. Drones. Everywhere you looked were drones, whether they were wearing pocket protectors or expensive suits. Basically the wrong people wrested control of the culture at large and drove it into a ditch.
on Aug 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm
Once again, I agree w/you, Joe. They've never been held accountable for the intangible downside of what they've created, but they're always eager to accept the ongoing accolades. I love that Marky Mark lives behind gates & has security, yet violates FB user privacy ongoingly. The nods of approval that they all receive for their ruthless, sociopathic business behavior no longer shocks me. Of course, they've paid the price w/their lack of creativity, but it's doubtful that they even notice, or care - creativity isn't their value.