Tech gods drag the future back to the swamp

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Tech gods drag the future back to the swamp



TWO IRISH CHIEFTAINS: A cartoon from the 1800s of Daniel O’Connell and the Duke of Wellington. Picture: Wellcome Library, London

There is an obvious thing about the tech gods which is rarely discussed, but which is probably quite important: from Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg to Paddy Cosgrave, many of them are what you might generically call “public schoolboys”.

Before they set about creating a new world, they inherited all the advantages of the old one – the finest education, the confidence that comes from belonging to the affluent classes, the… eh, the network.

Indeed it is possible to see the development of social media as some kind of a gargantuan exercise in old-fashioned networking, which is understood most profoundly by those who were already coming from that culture.

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