lunes, 22 de agosto de 2011

La otra burbuja tecnológica

Recently, my friend Dmitry Shapiro asked: “Why are so many great developers spending their time trying to create products specifically designed to addict and help us waste our time?”
It is fairly common for people in the technology community to fancy ourselves intellectuals. We scoff at the general public for being vapid and shortsighted while we aspire to attend the likes of TED and Davos under the pretense that we are the real game changers — above the base distractions of the “common” man. But are we really any better than those who think what Lindsay Lohan wore in court this week is big news? Or are we equally guilty of following the allure of fame and vain diversions? A closer examination of trends in the tech community would suggest that we’re not all as exceptional as we believe ourselves to be, and before we assume that we deserve the mantle of intellectual superiority, we would do well to take a closer look in the mirror. The current bubble we face isn’t driven by valuation or funding but by our acceptance of mediocrity.
And although we act the part of intellectuals and world changers, most of us are so reliant on social proof that the first question we ask when considering a conference or event is, “Who else is going?"

Francisco Dao. Tech community, are we MTV or TED?

Quién le iba a decir a Manovich que, al final, sí habría convergencia entre Duchamp Land y Turing Land... en forma de vicios comunes. Vale que cuando Dao habla de tech community generaliza y simplifica basándose en un contexto muy específico; pero lo mismo ocurre, creo, cuando echamos mano de otra gran abstracción: arte contemporáneo.

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