Stop Bashing Silicon Valley Nerds
They've become scapegoats: Noah Smith
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 23, 2014 10:55 AM CDT
This Feb. 24, 2014 file photo shows Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during a conference in Barcelona, Spain.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

(Newser) – Silicon Valley has taken some serious heat lately on many fronts; in fact, as Noah Smith puts it on Bloomberg View, it's effectively been branded the new "Mordor." Among its evils: "venture capitalists who trick bright young people into throwing their lives away on hopeless startups; sexist 'brogrammers' who treat objects like women (or is it the other way around?); tech companies that are raising rents for normal folks; plutocrats who are going to replace us with robots and make Thomas Piketty’s nightmare scenarios a reality," and much more.

Sexism, Smith notes, is an actual problem. But the rest of these concerns are way over-hyped. The real problem, he argues, is post-financial crisis anger: We can't do anything about the guys who caused the downturn, so we're taking out our frustrations on the rare industry that's booming. "Silicon Valley happens to be where the rich, successful people are right now. So we’ve turned on the nerds." This needs to stop: Tech is great for our economy, and what's more, "it’s relatively clean, it’s safe, and it gives us things we want—often for free." Let's not drive the nerds away when we need them. Click for Smith's full piece.

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Jul 6, 2014 10:46 PM CDT
Somebody is feeling sorry for the nerds (who would probably paste a pink slip on the back of his T-shirt just to be mean). Don't you ever think they got to Silicon Valley with altar boy personalities. Don't put bullying past them either if they want to snatch some bright little hopeful's IP. These "nerds" were fraternity brats.
Jun 29, 2014 9:33 PM CDT
"Bashing scapegoats"? They want you to stop, then you read about some of what they're doing
Jun 23, 2014 7:06 PM CDT
Don't be too kind to the Valley Nerds, now, because they are some rough, tough, little bifocals. I think they all read Bob MacDonlad's 'if you can't beat 'em, cheat 'em' book. Bob's "insurance", but they took his advice and gently set it down inside a Silicon Valley structure that was a perfect fit. They also probably read his blog about 'all's fair in love and war... and business'.