There can be no doubt that those people living inside the tech bubble of Silicon Valley people live very different lives from the rest of America.
Weekend jaunts to lodges in Montana, Bourboun tasting at work, meeting with Cuban and French ambassadors isn’t the usual fare for most Americans.
Yet the cultural elites think their experience is typical, and it’s the rest of us living in a bubble.
On social media, at Twitter and in Silicon Valley generally, a false narrative thrives and drives the culture of the area and national politics.
How else could you explain the virtual eradication of a vibrant & eclectic San Francisco culture that has been replaced with a corporate, sanitized aesthetic that Jack ignores as he steps over homeless to go into Twitter HQ?
The juxtaposition of the silent whir of sleek Tesla electric vehicles, with the outbursts of the mentally ill on the sidewalks. Destitution clashing with high technology. Well-dressed tourists sharing the pavement with vaguely human forms inside cardboard boxes.
Having lived in California since 1977, mostly in Fresno, yet having visited San Francisco many times I have noted the changes myself.
You can go anywhere to see blight and decay in contemporary big City America, however you could not go anywhere to see Haight & Ashbury, an uncommercialized yet still fun Fisherman’s Wharf (or Cannery Row in Monterey, also) and the various sights and sounds that were fun to see, but different for a kid from the Central Valley.
Now, with the blatant and wholly intentional polarization of the United States by the political parties (I hold both responsible) this is gone.
Destroyed in pursuit of electoral votes to divide with wholly hateful, and divisive rhetoric.
The degree to which Silicon Valley and the Federal government and big tech players have intermarried with a two way revolving door of hiring cannot be understated.
Note: The tweets in this blog are only examples. For more information use twitter advanced search and note interactions between White House, Twitter, Google, Facebook and cross check bios (ie Formerly White House, now twitter, and vice versa)
With Google and Facebook enjoying twice a week meeting with the White House (per a retired FBI source), and people like Katie Jacobs Stanton (White House alum) having worked for twitter, there’s little doubt that they have had their say with the current policy idea at least heard by the White House.
(The team is @twitterdc)
The techies in Silicon Valley wish to secede from the United States and seem wholly convinced that they and their culture is superior (seems racist) AND cannot succeed with the rest of the United States dragging them down.
People with loud (and abusive yet unmoderated accounts on twitter) push this idea. That if only the cultural elites were free of their poor, yet racist(?!?) lessers in the midwest, everything would be perfect.
Some go so far to push for an “apartheid state.”
Sorry, but no. I’m all out of empathy and compassion. Feel free to hate me all you want because I’m an elitist who shows disdain for you. Enjoy waiting for the factories and mills to return as you fling your resentment at the bicoastal elites who’ve created the government programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act (sorry about that) upon which you depend. You’ve been fighting a culture war and a religious war, and while you won this battle, you will most assuredly lose the war.
Cities and states can refuse federal funding (not that it will be offered for much longer anyway), and we’ve long known that the Confederacy survives only with subsidies from the blue states.
You’d almost think that no minorities at all live in middle America.
Bob Chipman frequently interacts with Twitter Trust & Safety member Anita Sarkessian of @femfreq, both on social media and in person. He has been a frequent and vocal defender of Ms. Sarkeesian in his own writings.
To me, a descendant of Dust Bowl immigrants to California, this hate is the same my family has felt from the elites of California since arriving in the 1930’s.
The same bigotry and hate that drove my Grandfather from Salinas to Idaho.
Yet, Dr. Feelgood capitalists and their supporters would have you believe in their false reality, rather than the truth.
The divide is economic, and it is massive. According to the Brookings analysis, the less-than-500 counties that Clinton won nationwide combined to generate 64 percent of America’s economic activity in 2015. The more-than-2,600 counties that Trump won combined to generate 36 percent of the country’s economic activity last year.
And yet ivory tower economists, wedded to neo liberal economics and policies would have you believe that service sector “jobs” (not hired, assigned gigs through your phones) is the inevitable future.
But he’s wrong, and cannot predict the future. Americans aren’t scared of “new deal” type legislation, rebuilding infrastructure or a new item that happens to catch consumers eye while being manufactured in the United States.
If someone makes a must have industrial item (remember in the US a “pet rock” made a person rich) people will buy it.
Youtube commentator Kyle Kulinski, AKA Secular Talk, host of the Kyle Kulinski Show pushes back against Mr. Krugman’s ideas.
The truth is Silicon Valley (and twitter) fail at hiring women and minorities. Fail at diversity while loudly proclaiming they succeed at diversity.
School districts in the Silicon Valley fail to educate students adequately even as the primary means of funding is State and local funding.
The local and state government has the means to raise funds, and the wealthy in the area to do it, but they do not. In most cases these cities, counties and school districts are dominated by Democrats.
And the Democrats allies, like Paul Krugman push a false narrative in the mainstream media.
Yet things are not perfect despite all the power Democrats in California have amassed.
Despite being well off Cities, counties and geographical areas (Silicon Valley is broadly understood as a geographical area within CA), schools struggle to educate kids adequately to take part in the economy they are building.
Instead Tech elite would try to convince you that they are “progressives” for opposing a $91 dollar fee imposed by a city government.
Wouldn’t a true progressive view basic employment protections as somewhat of a litmus test to even be considered a progressive, or Democrat? Or even just a reasonable person?
It would be fascinating if people that are ostensibly Liberal called on Uber to actually employ their drivers. You know, the basic protections that people expect from a fair (and wholly wealthy employer? Worker’s Compensation coverage, employment?
It’s Vijaya Gadde, Jack Dorsey, Sacca, and people in tech that have turned the world upside down.
One has to wonder who on earth is looking out for Twitter investors. It doesn’t seem to be the Greed, Inc. team of Jack Dorsey, Vijaya Gadde and Anthony Noto.
Chris Sacca heavily pushed for Jack Dorsey to be rehired as CEO (2nd or third time around).
Jack Dorsey is a half time CEO presiding over massive destruction of shareholder value while embroiled in an abuse scandal that Vijaya Gadde herself politicized and publicized in her April 15, 2015 Washington Post op-ed.
Should a corporation trading below IPO for nearly a year should be held to the same scrutiny (at least) as an airline that allegedly discriminates against a Muslim?
Ross Gerber , Co-Founder & CEO of Gerber Kawasaki and media analyst has tweeted the following:
I think Twitter should fix itself before demanding change in others?
One way to HELP would be to fund school programs IN local school districts where Twitter otherwise has offices.
I do not believe that any can reasonably believe that Twitter is “all right” or doing well, or practicing what they preach on their corporate and private (yet twitter leadership) accounts.
We have requested current diversity stats at this time.
Note: This blog started out to be a contrast between Oakland Unified and Clovis Unified School Districts. However as data came in showing that tech wished to secede and that Hillary Clinton captured the “rich” vote as identified by counties, the blog took another direction
Thank you to CUSD for their kind response. Oakland Unified School District did not respond to our public records request at the time of this writing.
Clovis Unified is a Central Valley school district covering parts of Fresno (northeast), Clovis and Fresno County. The students body is integrated to a fair degree.
The very best schools in Fresno Unified perform roughly equally to an average Clovis Unified school.
The primary source of funding for school districts in CA is state and local (property taxes). Federal programs are opted into as the Federal Government does not have direct jurisdiction.
Data on CUSD, and their students is available online at: