Silicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland

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Published Date07/11/2018
Media SourceThe Conversation
DepartmentScience, Technology, and Society
Faculty MemberLee Vinsel
External LinkSilicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland
summaryExcerpt: There was a time when California’s Santa Clara Valley, bucolic home to orchards and vineyards, was known as “the valley of heart’s delight.” The same area was later dubbed “Silicon Valley,” shorthand for the high-tech combination of creativity, capital and California cool. However, a backlash is now well underway – even from the loyal gadget-reviewing press. Silicon Valley increasingly conjures something very different: exploitation, excess, and elitist detachment.