• L'étrange vallée

    Anna Wiener

    2013, l'an 37 après Steve Jobs. Facebook vient d'entrer en Bourse avec une valorisation de cent milliards de dollars, Apple va le faire bientôt pour dix fois plus. Les jeunes, brillants et fougueux, patrons de la Silicon Valley promettent au monde entier, pour son bien, rien de moins que l'ultime révolution, non sanglante. Une nouvelle façon de vivre, de commercer et de communiquer : plus vite, tout le temps, avec tous.

    Dans le vieux monde et dans ses vieux métiers, on s'ennuie ferme et surtout, on gagne petit. Alors, comme tant d'autres, Anna Wiener, vingt-cinq ans, quitte un emploi frustrant dans l'édition new-yorkaise et s'envole pour San Francisco et ses start-up spécialisées dans le Big Data. Elle plonge dans le monde merveilleux de l'hyper-productivité souriante, de l'efficacité extravagante et de l'immédiateté surréaliste, aux mains de jeunes gens qui jonglent avec les millions et le verbe disrupter. On aurait dû se méfier. En anglais, il veut dire détruire. Que faire ? Invoquer le mantra « Science sans conscience n'est que ruine de l'âme » ? Mais qui a lu Rabelais ? Et, de toute façon, dans la Vallée, personne ne vous entend crier.

  • ''Joan Didion at a startup'' Rebecca Solnit ''Impossibly pleasurable'' Jia Tolentino ''This is essential reading'' Stylist 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 Silicon Valley to take up a job at a data analytics startup in San Francisco. Leaving her business casual skirts and shirts in the wardrobe, she began working in company-branded T-shirts. 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 startups 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 forever.

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