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True & Honest Fan
- Sep 1, 2016
Google isn't social media, and their attempts to move into that field have failed, half assed as it was. It really is all of Silicon Valley. You just see it more with social media because the effects are more immediate and obvious. It isn't just something among tech assholes, it's something to do with the culture of the area, the city and the surrounding region. This is the city where Jim Jones made a name for himself and his communist cult. A lot of people don't realize that Jim Jones's cult wasn't wacky religion so much as it was wacky communist infused with religion. It's also the city of the Black Panthers. It's no coincidence that Berkeley specifically almost had a riot because a short Jewish man spoke there.
While Google isn't "social media" in the traditional sense, they have a significant level of influence on the dissemination of information to the population, as well as collection of information from and about the population. In terms of volumes of data, Google maintains one of the largest collections of data on society on the planet. And I guarantee you that the engineers doing the heavy lifting in their hardware divisions aren't on anywhere near the same level of crazy SJW as the more visible nuts or the top management, even if a lot of them are still kinda fruit-n-nutty California types.
I've spent a fair amount of time working with actual SV Fortune 500 hardware manufacturers, and smaller area HW manufacturers as well. The 70% East Asian engineers give no fucks. The 20% white engineers don't give a fuck (granted, these people are generally a n their 40s-50s), and the 10% black and Hispanic engineers are too busy being competent to give a shit (and in a lot of the smaller companies, everyone from the CEO to the mail clerk is some kind of legit engineer).
Jim Jones was in SF. The Black Panthers came out of Oakland. Berkeley is... also not Silicon Valley. Geographically, Facebook and Twitter aren't even in Silicon Valley, and Google is barely on its periphery. Yeah, we're still talking greater San Francisco Bay Area, but it's not really the same thing, ergo my disappointment that what was once known as the incubator for the semiconductor revolution has become synonymous with a culture of social surveillance & manipulation.