“The Obama campaign stopped responding to my emails & calls during the last 10 months of the campaign - and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.
“Because, seriously, who needs Snapchat?
Throughout most of Silicon Valley’s history, its executives have displayed a libertarian instinct to stay as far from politics and government as possible. But the imperative to change the world has recently led some Silicon Valley leaders to imagine that the values and concepts behind their success can be uploaded to the public sphere.
Packer has written elsewhere that technological romanticism does not divide an increasingly un-equal America, it is one of the few things that still unites us. I’d even take it a step further and suggest that it may be closest thing we have to a 21st Century American Dream. His most recent critique of technological romanticism - in the context of politics, in this week’s New Yorker - may turn a blind eye to the most promising social innovations to come out of Silicon Valley, but just like Malcolm Gladwell’s critique of slacktivism in the same magazine a few years ago, it is a masterful articulation of an important perspective that those of us who care about helping technology succeed in service of the greater good must help evangelize within the tech bubble.
While Packer articulated a lot of what I’ve been observing about the subject since diving back into this world just over a year ago, I’m surprised he made no mention of the SOPA/PIPA fight of late 2011/early 2012, which I would consider the industry’s first foray into traditional politics. It was, of course, a completely self-serving, cause but it was important because it represented 1) the first major wake-up call to those libertarian-utopian-minded tech execs that pretending Government doesn’t exist can have huge consequences, and 2) the possibility that a powerful Internet Constituency might emerge. Of course, such a constituency has not yet materialized or publicly activated around any other single issue, and this is as important for contextualizing the launch and challenges of FWD.us as anything else Packer explores in the piece.
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Thank you, linguisticated!
People who do not know anything about linguistics love to educate others on how incorrect their use of language is. “Your child is ‘doing good?’ Oh you peasant, I think you mean your child is ‘doing well,’ because his performance of ‘doing’ is always ‘well done,’ you poor, uneducated person who ‘does poorly’ at life.”
This has quickly happened in reference to the pronunciation of the acronym GIF, now that its creator has declared that it’s pronounced like the peanut butter brand favored by choosy (and we presume, sexy, moms). Here are 3 linguistic reasons why what he says does not matter at all.
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