In the build up to our reveal of 2017’s conference theme (Digital Sucks, if you missed it), several things happened which reinforced our confidence that this was the future issue that needed talking about now.
And one of those things was prominent tech writer Paul Carr stepping away from the Silicon Valley beat.
Well, because he found it so sucky as to be unbearable:I had reached my limit with the pervasiveness of the cloud, and the relentless demand for new social “content” to attract ever more Twitter trolls. More than that, though, I was disgusted by the behavior of abusive tech bros, and by the cheerful creepiness of (for example) Mark Zuckerberg’s F8 keynote boast about how his company will soon be able to upload our brains, or Amazon’s decision to launch a sassy new bedroom camera, or whatever the fuck this parade of haircuts is supposed to augur. I was nauseated by the flagrant law breaking, the fraud, the harassment, the discrimination and the endless hypocrisy and bullshit and bad-for-the-universeness of it all.
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