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Uncanny valley : a memoir af Anna Wiener
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Uncanny valley : a memoir (udgave 2020)

af Anna Wiener

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The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener--stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress. Anna arrived during a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already bygone era, Anna Wiener's memoir, Uncanny Valley, is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry's shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.… (mere)
Medlem:wendyrs
Titel:Uncanny valley : a memoir
Forfattere:Anna Wiener
Info:New York : 2020.
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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I really enjoyed this book. It’s written extremely well and filled with countless erudite, cutting observations about work and life in the Bay Area. Seriously, there are hundreds of them.

That being said it loses a bit of steam 3-4ths of the way through (ironic, given an anecdote about the author getting angry at a CEO tweeting books were too long). I think once the author sees through the hype of the Valley, and tries to more purposefully find meaning in her work, the book meanders a bit.

Initially, I thought the choice to omit proper nouns in favor of brief descriptors was neat, if a bit gimmicky. As it goes on though, I realized how smart it was. It really disengages any prior opinion you have about the entity in question (even when you know what she’s referring to) and come at it from her opinion.

I think when all is said and done about the current generation of Bay Area culture, this is the book most people will read to get insight about it. It deserves the honor. ( )
  bishnu83 | Apr 6, 2021 |
Interesting insider account of working in a data analysis firm that supported Silicon Valley's obsession with surveillance and metrics and the rise and fall of glamor associated with Silicon Valley culture. Not as deeply informative as a book like Alice Marwick's Status Update but a lighter lift for those who aren't looking for scholarly depth.
  bfister | Jan 23, 2021 |
Well-done ... enjoyable & really funny; it would have been better, ibelieve, if she had more character development. Overall, recommended ( )
  JosephKing6602 | Jan 22, 2021 |





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Anna Wiener is in her mid-twenties; stuck, broke, and looking for a career with purpose. At the same time, the tech industry is exploding with opportunity, and like many other millenials around her, Wiener drops her job in publishing and pursues the promises in Silicon Valley.



She lands a role in a big-data start-up, and enters the world of entrepreneurs seeking glory and success.



Uncanny Valley is a glimpse into the reckless start-up atmosphere, through the eyes of a 'woman in tech'.



“I felt rising frustration and resentment. I was frustrated because I felt stuck, and I was resentful because I was stuck in an industry that was chipping away at so many things I cared about.”Anna Wiener, Uncanny Valley



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I was quite keen to read this one, tech in the professional sense is still quite the mystery to me. I never understood it or had an interest in it, but now I am quite curious.



As the author held a role in the customer service side, there wasn't a lot of information about that side of things, but there was a lot of about the industry, the egos, and hierarchy that grew in this bubble of time.



While I did find this interesting, and found the book to be well written, it really didnt grab me. I really enjoy memoirs that l walk away from contemplating a new idea or strong emotion with, and I didn't that from this one, unfortunately.



Still, it was enjoyable to read about a world I have never been privy too- particularly through the eyes of a millennial woman.















I hope you enjoyed my thoughts on Uncanny Valley. Have you read this? Tell me what you thought! 



Feel free to comment below or on my 'bookstagram' at @ReadWithWine .
This review was originally posted on ReadWithWine ( )
  readwithwine | Jan 18, 2021 |
Geschenk von Simon Weihnachten 2020
  AndreLorenz | Jan 16, 2021 |
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The prescient, page-turning account of a journey in Silicon Valley: a defining memoir of our digital age In her mid-twenties, at the height of tech industry idealism, Anna Wiener--stuck, broke, and looking for meaning in her work, like any good millennial--left a job in book publishing for the promise of the new digital economy. She moved from New York to San Francisco, where she landed at a big-data startup in the heart of the Silicon Valley bubble: a world of surreal extravagance, dubious success, and fresh-faced entrepreneurs hell-bent on domination, glory, and, of course, progress. Anna arrived during a massive cultural shift, as the tech industry rapidly transformed into a locus of wealth and power rivaling Wall Street. But amid the company ski vacations and in-office speakeasies, boyish camaraderie and ride-or-die corporate fealty, a new Silicon Valley began to emerge: one in far over its head, one that enriched itself at the expense of the idyllic future it claimed to be building. Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already bygone era, Anna Wiener's memoir, Uncanny Valley, is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry's shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

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