(From the publisher):
If a religion is a set of mostly unconscious, commonly held cultural beliefs, then here is a guide to the religion of Silicon Valley -- a religion Paulina Borsook dubs "technolibertarianism."
Borsook has been stirring up a ruckus in high tech circles since her days as a regular contributor to Wired magazine. She will ruffle feathers again with Cyberselfish, an irreverent, gonzo, gimlet-eyed look at the world view of the digerati -- one she terms "violently lacking in compassion, ravingly anti-government, and tremendously opposed to regulation.
In Cyberselfish Borsook journeys through and rants about high tech culture, profiling the worlds of ravers, gilders, cypherpunks, anarcho-capitalists, and other Silicon Valley life forms, and exploring the theory and practice of technolibertarianism in all its manifestations. She visits the Bionomics Institute, a libertarian thinktank, to explore how its para/pseudo/crypto "biological" thinking pervades high tech discourse on technology, economics, and life. She journeys to the front lines of the "crypto wars" to explain why cryptography has been such an important issue to both the U.S. government and the high tech community -- and to reveal the unhappy consequences of their conflict over it. She deconstructs Wired, the magazine that defined an era, and shows how many high tech thought leaders have at least one foot -- and sometimes other appendages -- in the philosophies and misogyny of days long gone by. She also investigates the perplexing dilemma of philanthropy in high tech, exposing how little of the billions generated in the new economy filters into our culture at large, and defining what she calls the "cat-dead-rat" phenomenon, whereby high tech gives unto the world the things it loves, not necessarily what the world wants or needs. Finally, she examines the factors that have led to technolibertarianism, and wonders aloud about the extent to which high tech's creativity and energy and money and contributions to our general welfare are undermined by its self-centered, politically myopic worldview.
Original title: Cyberselfish: A Critical Romp Through the Terribly Libertarian Culture of High-Tech
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