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Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Uncanny Valley: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Wiener, Anna

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The prescient, page-turning account of a journey into Silicon Valley: a defining memoir for our digital age. At twenty-five years old, Anna Wiener was beginning to tire of her assistant job in New York publishing. There was no room to grow, and the voyeuristic thrill of answering... someone else's phone had worn thin. Within a year she had moved to San Francisco to take up a job at a data analytics start-up in Silicon Valley. Leaving her business casual skirts and shirts in the wardrobe, she began working in company-branded T-shirts and hoodies. She had a healthy income for the first time in her life. She felt like part of the future. But a tide was beginning to turn. People were speaking of tech start-ups as surveillance companies. Out of sixty employees, only eight of her colleagues were women. Casual sexism was rife. Sexual harassment cases were proliferating. And soon, like everyone else, she was addicted to the internet, refreshing the news, refreshing social media, scrolling and scrolling and scrolling. Slowly, she began to realise that her blind faith in ambitious, arrogant young men from America's soft suburbs wasn't just her own personal pathology. It had become a global affliction. Uncanny Valley is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of our generation's very own gold rush. It's a story about the tension between old and new, between art and tech, between the quest for money and the quest for meaning - about how our world is changing for ever.
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ISBN 9780008317881
Released NZ 20 Jan 2020
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780008317881
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint Fourth Estate Ltd
Released 20 Jan 2020
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Wiener, Anna
Category Biography & Autobiography
Biography & Autobiography: General
Information Technology Industries
Social & Legal Aspects of Computing
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 22mm
Dewey Code 338.476092
Weight 350g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress High technology industries - Social aspects - California - Santa Clara Valley Santa Clara County, Sex discrimination in employment - California - Santa Clara Valley Santa Clara County, Women in technology - California - Santa Clara Valley Santa Clara County
NBS Text Autobiography: Business
ONIX Text General/trade

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