Uncanny Valley: A Memoir

Author:   Anna Wiener
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
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9780008317881


Pages:   304
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Format:   Paperback
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'Joan Didion at a startup' Rebecca Solnit 'I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley ' 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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Author:   Anna Wiener
Publisher:   HarperCollins Publishers
Imprint:   Fourth Estate Ltd
Dimensions:   Width: 15.30cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 23.40cm
Weight:   0.350kg
ISBN:  

9780008317881


ISBN 10:   0008317887
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   14 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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'I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley, which is both a searching bird's-eye study of an industry and a generation as well as an intimate, microscopic portrait of ambition and hope and dread. Anna Wiener writes about the promise and the decay of Silicon Valley with the impossibly pleasurable combination of a precise, razored intellect and a soft, incandescent heart. Her memoir is diagnostic and exhilarating, a definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come' Jia Tolentino, New York Times-bestselling author of Trick Mirror 'Joan Didion at a start-up' Rebecca Solnit, bestselling author of Men Explain Things To Me 'A rare mix of acute, funny, up-to-the-minute social observation, dead-serious contemplation of the tech industry's annexation of our lives, and a sincere first-person search for meaningful work and connection. How does an unworn pair of plain sneakers become a monument to the end of sensuousness? Read on' William Finnegan, author of Barbarian Days


'I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley, which is both a searching bird's-eye study of an industry and a generation as well as an intimate, microscopic portrait of ambition and hope and dread. Anna Wiener writes about the promise and the decay of Silicon Valley with the impossibly pleasurable combination of a precise, razored intellect and a soft, incandescent heart. Her memoir is diagnostic and exhilarating, a definitive document of a world in transition' Jia Tolentino, New York Times-bestselling author of Trick Mirror 'Joan Didion at a start-up' Rebecca Solnit, bestselling author of Men Explain Things To Me 'This was the memoir I'd been waiting for. A witty, unique perspective and fresh insight showing us the behind the scenes of the tech industry in a new thrilling way' Emma Gannon 'Uncanny Valley is a generation-defining account of the amoral late-capitalist tech landscape we are fatally enmeshed in. ...Insightful, compelling and urgent' Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter 'Uncanny Valley is an addictive combination of coming-of-age story, journalistic memoir, and brilliant social critique. This is a stunningly good book. I loved it' Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance 'This much-anticipated memoir of Anna Wiener's time spent working in San Francisco's booming, seductive tech industry is guaranteed to make you think differently about the role apps command in our everyday lives' Vogue 'Wiener's compulsive debut memoir chronicles her journey from proud late-adopter to true believer, forging on into burnout territory and beyond. It's a wry, crisply written tale of optimism and hubris, idealism and misogyny. While it often reads like sci-fi, it's also a kind of horror story, one in which we are all - through inattention, if nothing else - complicit' Daily Mail


'I've never read anything like Uncanny Valley, which is both a searching bird's-eye study of an industry and a generation as well as an intimate, microscopic portrait of ambition and hope and dread. Anna Wiener writes about the promise and the decay of Silicon Valley with the impossibly pleasurable combination of a precise, razored intellect and a soft, incandescent heart. Her memoir is diagnostic and exhilarating, a definitive document of a world in transition: I won't be alone in returning to it for clarity and consolation for many years to come' Jia Tolentino, New York Times-bestselling author of Trick Mirror 'Joan Didion at a start-up' Rebecca Solnit, bestselling author of Men Explain Things To Me 'This was the memoir I'd been waiting for. A witty, unique perspective and fresh insight showing us the behind the scenes of the tech industry in a new thrilling way' Emma Gannon 'Uncanny Valley is a generation-defining account of the amoral late-capitalist tech landscape we are fatally enmeshed in. With grace and humour, Anna Wiener shows us the misogyny, avarice, and optimistic self-delusion of our cultural moment, wrapped up in the gripping story of a young woman navigating the blurred boundaries of a seductive world. Insightful, compelling and urgent' Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter 'Uncanny Valley is an addictive combination of coming-of-age story, journalistic memoir, and brilliant social critique. This is a stunningly good book. I loved it' Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance 'This much-anticipated memoir of Anna Wiener's time spent working in San Francisco's booming, seductive tech industry is guaranteed to make you think differently about the role apps command in our everyday lives' Vogue


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Anna Wiener is a contributing writer to The New Yorker online, where she writes about Silicon Valley, start-up culture, and technology. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, New York, Wired, The New Republic, and n+1, as well as in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. She lives in San Francisco. Uncanny Valley is her first book.

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