A philosophy for those who can’t make it in the world as it actually exists:
If the tech scene is really a meritocracy, why are so many of its key players, from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs, white men? If entrepreneurs are born, not made, why are there so many programs attempting to create entrepreneurs? If tech is truly game-changing, why are old-fashioned capitalism and the commodification of personal information never truly questioned? . . .
The undue emphasis placed on entrepreneurship, combined with a limited view of who “counts” as an entrepreneur, function to exclude entire categories of people from ascending to the upper echelon of the industry. And the ideal of authenticity privileges a particular type of self-presentation that encourages people to strategically apply business logics to the way they see themselves and others.
It is with their ignorance that the world we have built will be torn to pieces. Just go thou and achieve. Not so in America any more, at least not amongst some of those who would like to pull down merit as an actual criterion for success.
Digital elitism is optimistic, in that technology is positioned as a solution to an array of difficult problems. At the same time, it inculcates an air of superiority and a universality of experience that truly only applies to a very small number of the world’s most privileged individuals.
Digital elitism does not reconfigure power; it entrenches it. It provides justification for enormous gaps between rich and poor, for huge differences between average people and highly sought-after engineers. It idealizes a “better class of rich people” (as Kara Swisher put it) who evangelize philanthropy and social entrepreneurship — but it also promotes the idea that entrepreneurship is a catch-all solution, and that a startup culture is the best way to solve any problem.
But not everyone can work at a startup, and the business model of startups cannot be applied to all situations.
And if an entrepreneurial business model can’t be applied to all situations it therefore apparently shouldn’t be applied to any. The fantastic ignorance of how things work by people who can only tamper with mechanisms they have no clue about, as sensible as putting a screw driver into an electric socket, will only destroy, only destroy. Nihilists with a collective death wish.
[Came upon this website via a link that went through Instapundit]