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[KINDLE] ✿ Uncanny Valley ❃ Anna Wiener – Addwebsites.info In her debut memoir, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener recounts how, at age 25, she abandoned her drab job at a New York literary agency for a high paying customer support role at a Silicon Valley start up In compulsively readable prose the writer describes how the excitement she first felt toward working in the tech industry soon soured, after repeated encounters with her white male peers sexism, racism, and disregard for user privacy As she recounts her story she adroitly links her disillusionmen In her debut memoir, Uncanny Valley, Anna Wiener recounts how, at age 25, she abandoned her drab job at a New York literary agency for a high paying customer support role at a Silicon Valley start up In compulsively readable prose the writer describes how the excitement she first felt toward working in the tech industry soon soured, after repeated encounters with her white male peers sexism, racism, and disregard for user privacy As she recounts her story she adroitly links her disillusionment to the nation s growing disgust with the amorality and arrogance of Big Tech and Big Data The work s swift and easy to digest, but there s not much reportage or analysis here and Wiener s critique of Silicon Valley s culture of privilege is solid but offers little that s new The Prescient, Page Turning Account Of A Journey In Silicon Valley A Defining Memoir Of Our Digital AgeIn 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, ProgressAnna Arrived Amidst 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 BuildingPart Coming Age Story, Part Portrait Of An Already Bygone Era, Anna Wiener S Memoir 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 DisillusionmentUnsparing And Incisive, Uncanny Valley Is A Cautionary Tale, And A Revelatory Interrogation Of A World Reckoning With Consequences Its Unwitting Designers Are Only Beginning To Understand Wiener is a very good writer, and I really liked the original essay that inspired the book But this felt too much like a long form essay extended into a book, with little narrative arc I never felt that invested in the narrator Weiner , or what would happen in the broader world she s inhabiting Just when you think a subplot is developing it peters out, or is muted by a lack of elaboration eg Pizzagate.The narration felt very distant, like someone who s chipping away at a core truth, but ca Wiener is a very good writer, and I really liked the original essay that inspired the book But this felt too much like a long form essay extended into a book, with little narrative arc I never felt that invested in the narrator Weiner , or what would happen in the broader world she s inhabiting Just when you think a subplot is developing it peters out, or is muted by a lack of elaboration eg Pizzagate.The narration felt very distant, like someone who s chipping away at a core truth, but can t quite get at it For example, almost all the characters are reduced to tech bro archetypes Everyone thinks they re crushing it, they don t ever think about the consequences But these are people, too Why are they this way Why does the tech ecosystem reinforce such insular behavior Wiener seemsinterested in condemning tech than understanding the underlying psychology For a non fiction book, I wantednuance Instead, this felt to me like watching a Hollywood movie caricaturing Wall Street That said, Wiener has a sharp wit, with some good turns of phrase I usually avoid reading about tech, but the excerpt on n plus one made me laugh out loud Once I actually picked the book up, it was really hard to put down The writing in this book is so good It s funny, and it s incisive, and it really captures a specific time and place extremely well Men in restaurants are dressed, typically, to traverse a glacier Perks offered by Google land between the collegiate and the feudal Anna Wiener captures what it s like to work at a five person startup, t I usually avoid reading about tech, but the excerpt on n plus one made me laugh out loud Once I actually picked the book up, it was really hard to put down The writing in this book is so good It s funny, and it s incisive, and it really captures a specific time and place extremely well Men in restaurants are dressed, typically, to traverse a glacier Perks offered by Google land between the collegiate and the feudal Anna Wiener captures what it s like to work at a five person startup, to work at an early stage company, to work in customer support, to work as a woman for a tech company run by men Because this is a memoir, I didn t really need it to bethan it was I don t know if I want to read the book on how Github eventually cleaned up their forum issues if they did But this book is an exceptionally good chronicle of working in an incredibly strange industry at an equally odd time The only truly annoying writing quirk is, of course, Wiener s stylistic choice to remove all company names This could be fine when applied to the smaller companies do you really need to know that she works at Mixpanel , but borders on ridiculous when she s describing , or Google, or even Ikea I had the Medium list open on my phone for the duration of the book Finally, this To solve our problem, management arranges for a team building exercise They schedule it on a weeknight evening, and we pretend not to mind Our team building begins with beers in the office, and then we travel en masse to a tiny event space at the mouth of the Stockton Tunnel, where two energetic blondes give us sweatbands and shots. This book is badged as an inside look into the world of tech bro s by a woman who was there However, the books main insights, that the men who work in Silicon Valley are mainly white, middle class and supremely confident men who think that every idea they have has value, are nothing you didn t already know I kept on reading, expecting that there would be a gotcha moment, an insight into a well known public occurrence, but it never came It felt like it was written for people who don t follow This book is badged as an inside look into the world of tech bro s by a woman who was there However, the books main insights, that the men who work in Silicon Valley are mainly white, middle class and supremely confident men who think that every idea they have has value, are nothing you didn t already know I kept on reading, expecting that there would be a gotcha moment, an insight into a well known public occurrence, but it never came It felt like it was written for people who don t follow the online world at all I ve never worked in tech but there are so many articles about Silicon Valley culture that give you the same insights without subjecting you to excruciatingly detailed descriptions of awful sounding parties The author was often negging herself while humble bragging An odd, but not unenjoyable read Uncanny Valley is Anna Wiener s story of working in tech, primarily in Silicon Valley Anna is looking to leave her NY based job in publishing, seekingfrom a career Millennials were flocking to the West coast, where the tech industry continued to grow software, digital service providers, and social media platforms, all making a name for themselves and marking their presence Anna decides to join them In this book, she details her work experience at a few different companies one book r Uncanny Valley is Anna Wiener s story of working in tech, primarily in Silicon Valley Anna is looking to leave her NY based job in publishing, seekingfrom a career Millennials were flocking to the West coast, where the tech industry continued to grow software, digital service providers, and social media platforms, all making a name for themselves and marking their presence Anna decides to join them In this book, she details her work experience at a few different companies one book related, one focused on data analytics, and the other, open source software both the day to day and events like offsite team retreats Anna holds customer service side roles, and quickly observes, across the industry, these positions are often valued less than their technical counterparts Perhaps because Silicon Valley has been this way for the bulk of my career years so far Anna and I are the same age , I just didn t find much of this surprising or novel A male dominated culture of intellect, with a significant effort to maintain confidentiality and privacy of the company, while access to the privacy of customers and users sometimes remains vague check, check, and check I wasn t expecting Bad Blood but the revelations were minimal at best Every industry has room for improvement, tech is certainly not immune, but I struggled with Anna s complacency If you don t like what you see and it s not changing, why stay This wore on me, especially in the second half of the book Startups are an interesting topic I find myself returning to, countless times, in both fiction and nonfiction My single experience working at one for one year albeit much smaller than the West coast giants led me to recognize they aren t my jam, but I still find the concept of them engaging I am pleased to see Anna has since found success in writing, and been able to build her career around it While I don t have a specific one currently at hand, a quote about returning home would be fitting here Thank you to NetGalley and Farrar, Straus and Giroux for providing an advance reader copy of Uncanny Valley in exchange for an honest review. Audiobook.read by Suehyla El Attar 8 hours and 14 minutes For Anna Wiener, working in the high tech industry from where she came from a literary book background was like learning a foreign language For the old farts who have lived in the Bay Area and witnessed the Silicon Valley growth the tech growth the changes from fruit orchards to new startups will be shaking their heads smiling laughing cringing occasionally while saying oh, my gosh, YES..THE SILICON VALLEY i Audiobook.read by Suehyla El Attar 8 hours and 14 minutes For Anna Wiener, working in the high tech industry from where she came from a literary book background was like learning a foreign language For the old farts who have lived in the Bay Area and witnessed the Silicon Valley growth the tech growth the changes from fruit orchards to new startups will be shaking their heads smiling laughing cringing occasionally while saying oh, my gosh, YES..THE SILICON VALLEY is sooo well presented through the eyes of Anna.Parts are very enjoyable really funny and it s always fun to read another person write about the streets we ve walked many times and a topic and culture that has affected our lives directly This book is well written and relatable to many of us locals It s relatable to the 20 year olds who are wiz kids driving the tech companies to new heights It s ALL AROUND ME..ANDinteresting.as of 10 minutes ago SILICON VALLEY is on lockdown.ALL RESIDENTS no matter what age ARE ON HOME LOCKDOWNOTHER.than grocery stores and pharmacies everything is to close NO SOCIAL GATHERING SO I was trying to write this review but maybe some of you can understand how distracted I am at the moment Our lives are GREATLY AFFECTED.WITH NO INCOME COMING IN well it s not a laughing matter.But a fewtidbits about this book while I can concentrate and not worry about my husbands job.and people EVERYWHERE..LOTS OF LAUGHS in herefrom 18 salads, from Anna moving out of the Castro district to her first one bedroom apartment to the ACCURATE VISUALS of the culture and life around the SFBay Area People playing guitar on the streets, pot smoking, petting the dogs, head shops, free clinics, panhandling, micro neighborhoods, nudist drinking coffee s and caf s,The Haight district in SF tourists get the wrong idea.They think the people wearing tie dye leggings and T shirts are leftover hippies from the 60s many really are just homeless.But, yes, there is a nostalgic for the 60s in parts of the Bay Area that has never really left completely.I loved when Anna was sharing about herself and how she function,here coming from New York with no tech experience She was great at her job, a quick study It was easy to visualize her walking to Golden gate Park, alone on the weekends She felt free She felt invisible She also felt very lonely I love this woman.hope to meet Anna Wiener some day Hashe mentioned Airbnb too I d gladly give her a couple nights free at our spa oasis I must say, though.due to the coronavirus this is the second wonderful contemporary book that given our NEW NORMAL.THIS BOOK FEELS DATED in a matter of days SCARY Not a book for everyone.it s definitely a SELF SELECT type Thank you Theresa.for making sure I didn t miss it Three times I checked this book from the library The first two times I was busy reading some other book.FINALLY.I dedicated time to it while in the sauna or pool often I m actually VERY PROUD OF THIS BOOK..FABULOUS OBSERVATIONS of what is..or shall I say was last week These are the days of miracles and wonderthis is the long distance callthe way the camera follows us in slow mothe way we look to us allthe way we look to a distant constellationthat s dying in a corner of the skythese are the days of miracles and wonderand don t cry, baby, don t cryI heard Paul Simon s Boy in the Bubble in the car this morning and felt the way I always do when I hear it That it could have been written yesterday And because I ve been thinking about Uncanny Valley lately, it These are the days of miracles and wonderthis is the long distance callthe way the camera follows us in slow mothe way we look to us allthe way we look to a distant constellationthat s dying in a corner of the skythese are the days of miracles and wonderand don t cry, baby, don t cryI heard Paul Simon s Boy in the Bubble in the car this morning and felt the way I always do when I hear it That it could have been written yesterday And because I ve been thinking about Uncanny Valley lately, it made me think about that.I don t know why I m so fascinated by startup culture I think part of it is that I feel like it happened while my back was turned While I was working for a small press that still sent authors hard copies of proofs, people on the other side of the country were remaking the world I took a programming class when I was twelve it I had been able to recognize the future when I saw it, maybe I could have been one of them Of course, I graduated college in 1993, so I might ve been gone after the first pop of the bubble, who knows But for some reason I think about this.So a memoir like Uncanny Valley, about a young woman who leaves the idea of a life in publishing for a career in Silicon Valley, is automatically interesting to me, and for me this book primarily functioned as a workplace memoir, taking place in one of the weirdest and yet most powerful and influential industries imaginable I reveled in the bizarre stories I identified with the existential angst I learned a lot about how things work out there, but I was always aware that it was just one woman s story and that probably every single person she worked with had their own take, some diametrically opposed to Wiener s Some of it I expected the sexism, the outrageous sums of money I guess none of it was really unexpected.Well, except this Sorry to generalize, but in a lot of books and articles by younger people who ve grown up with the internet, they may acknowledge that the internet is harming us, but still they seem to resist the idea of a life that doesn t revolve around it Jia Tolentino, whose work I like, may be the most prominent example of this Wiener is different Her time in the trenches makes her want to get as far away from the whole thing as she possibly can She wonders if she can break away from analytics and customer support, and become a writer instead And although she is humbled by how irrelevant serious writing and books are in Silicon Valley, she does it anyway The cashed in stock options helped, of course So that was different, and rightly or wrongly, it made me trust her a little.And because I trusted her a littleI was willing to overlook some of this book s faults, most particularly a weird tendency to turn everything into a symbol, from the d cor of bars to company branded T shirts of the sort that have actually been around for decades I couldn t help thinking, this all happened 5 years ago it s too soon to know what s really a symbol of anything and what those symbols might mean It added a level of portentousness that felt artificial.Except that maybe it didn t feel that artificial, not really Having it spelled out, exactly how much information tech companies have about us and how seriously they were not taking it, it was terrifying, and grim Things are moving a lot faster than they used to it s possible all the portentous symbols mean exactly what they look like they mean And maybe that s the reason why something that initially seemed so miraculous already feels like it s become what everything else becomes a few people grabbing a lot of power and a lot of money while the rest of our backs are turned We don t know where it s going, and with people like Wiener bailing out, who s even going to tell us now free review copy Hmmmm Sigh I had such such high hopes.Well, how about a summary Privileged 20 something white female goes to work in Silicon Valley in tech Literally nothing happens to her except she now knowsabout tech and makesmoney than she should and becomes disillusioned with the ridiculousness of it all Then all of a sudden there s an election and everyone else also kind of gets disillusioned but also keeps making tons of money and doing exactly what they were doing anyw free review copy Hmmmm Sigh I had such such high hopes.Well, how about a summary Privileged 20 something white female goes to work in Silicon Valley in tech Literally nothing happens to her except she now knowsabout tech and makesmoney than she should and becomes disillusioned with the ridiculousness of it all Then all of a sudden there s an election and everyone else also kind of gets disillusioned but also keeps making tons of money and doing exactly what they were doing anyway And she s still privileged The end.A memoir that didn t really need to be a memoir but whatever, everyone has a right to their story Read if all that sounds interesting to you DNF I tried and tried again but my interest in start ups and the excessive money they draw is just not there For the most part this is garnering good reviews, but it s just not for me.

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