Uncanny valley : a memoir / Anna Wiener.
Publication year: 2020
Publisher: London : 4th Estate, 2020.
ISBN: 9780008296858 (hbk.) :
At 25 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 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 60 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.
279 pages ; 24 cm
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