Every political pundit (or even remotely connected cultural pundit) is tying themselves up in knots to find the reason(s) -- we know it's complex, yet cannot seem to stop ourselves from Finding The One True Reason behind all things -- behind the sheer absurdity of this U.S. presidential election. No one can find the meaning in Election 2016, because we appear to have hit Peak Meaninglessness.
It is the moral equivalent of the 2007-8 financial disaster we also fomented: overweaning hubris and overconfidence in our ability to book tomorrow's profits, today. We so strongly believe in the Power of Progress to make us better people that, combined with our increasing impatience for the Glorious Future, we simply demand to leverage our Future Awesomeness, Right Now. Why wait? Technology helps create the illusion that we can Be Anything we want, whenever we want, as quickly as we want, simply by thinking it so -- and without all the pesky drudgery of having to wait for it, like unsophistic...
Something to notice about this week's latest brouhaha over whether Silicon Valley is the purple unicorn savior galloping toward planetary prosperity or the literal incarnation of living Satan (my vote's on both -- i'm engaging in hedginess), is that no one is disputing whether or not the conditions she describes are true. It is not The Facts of the Case that we are in disagreement about.
It is ideology.
In one ideology, it is perfectly OK for a billion-dollar food-delivery service to both pay and treat workers like shit. Reasons include:
"Those workers are Millennials, and everyone knows that all the Millennials are lazy good-for-nothings, so by the Law of Transitive Neoliberalism those whiny workers are actually being paid *FAR more* than they're worth, which is nothing."
"Sure, I had to go through the same bullshit myself. But it was so much worse back when i did it 5 years ago, LIKE YOU WOULDN'T EVEN BELIEVE HOW MANY WAYS IT WAS UPHILL IN 8 FEET OF SNOW BITCH -- and everyone ...