It’s been another quiet period for me, but only here. Life/work/parenting is its usual relentless dash to daily exhaustion and very little of that needs written documentation. The only thing that’s really caught my attention and that I’ve deemed necessary to pass along off my desk (read: my browser history) is some of the product of the rest of the world (I’m excluding everyone who lived in San Francisco prior to 1995 because you’re right in the middle of all the brand new capitalism effluvia and don’t need me to tell you about any of it, especially third hand) realizing that the new technology cultural runoff is just as repellent as the Wall St runoff. Given the moribundity of the first tech bubble which was annoying enough to make me leave SF forever in 1998 (and the SF I left doesn’t exist any more so, ha ha, guess I’m staying) and really started the process of removing all that was actually interesting and unique about the city and substituting the early stages of one of William Gibson’s dystopian cyberpunk cities in its wake. I think that city has finally reached its final tipping point wherein it will no longer be able to make fun of Los Angeles for being douchey when so much is available locally.
You can first bask in the utterly unironic unpacking of all the ways that being absurdly privileged isolates you from the necessities that other people have no choice about facing and wonder how it is that people can become so disconnected with the things that most people are required to (either by income level or by access to the resources required to use the cool tools) just plain do regardless of how busy they feel or whatever. I’ve worked in technology for longer than Rob Rhinehart has been able to legally drive a car and I still do my own laundry and don’t just discard my clothing when I deem it no longer useful to me. Rhinehart doesn’t even live in the Bay Area, but the weirdness and insulation from human culture is there in noticeable amounts. Shit, if you read between the bro-trepreneur phrasings, the guy isn’t a monster by any means in what he’d eventually like to do, but is apparently living a life of minimalist excess by having everyone else do his dirty work.
The thing is, beneath the I discard my cheaply made Chinese garments (that are transported her efficiently because then you’re not paying more for freight than the contents of your shipping container are actually worth) after wearing them a couple of times and then other people can wear them. Is this technology insta-millionaire trickle down economics? Fuck if I know because other than what he’s written that’s available online and what I’ve read from other sources, I have no idea what kind of human he is or what kind of background he comes from. I’ve had a very difficult time not seeing everything through the lens of growing up in trailer parks and having to worry about where food and clothing was coming from and from that point of view, it all seems pretty fucking entitled.