Silicon Valley Isn't a Meritocracy

In a cultural context where idealists have linked social media to democracy, egalitarianism, and participation, the tech scene in Silicon Valley considers itself to be exceptional.

Supporters speak glowingly of a singularly meritocratic environment where innovative entrepreneurs disrupt fusty old industries and facilitate sweeping social change.

But if the tech scene is really a meritocracy, why are so many of its key players, from Mark Zuckerberg to Steve Jobs, white men?

If entrepreneurs are born, not made, why are there so many programs attempting to create entrepreneurs?

If tech is truly game-changing, why are old-fashioned capitalism and the commodification of personal information never truly questioned?

Silicon Valley Isn't a Meritocracy. And It's Dangerous to Hero-Worship Entrepreneurs | Wired Opinion | Wired.com

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