A previous post about the Machine in the Garden aesthetic of factory design included a large number of updates. For ease in reading of the original post, I’ve removed the updates and have included them (below) as a separate post:
A May 8, 2021 New York Times article is entitled: “Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon Valley: For many midlevel engineers and food truck workers and longtime residents, a region filled with extremes has become increasingly inhospitable.”
An excerpt reads:
For those who have not been fortunate enough to make billionaire lists, for midlevel engineers and food truck workers and longtime residents, the valley has become increasingly inhospitable, testing their resilience and resolve.
Sebastião Salgado and Edward Burtynsky
A May 4, 2013 Globe and Mail article is entitled: “Sebastião Salgado and Edward Burtynsky: The world according to the photography masters.”
The opening sentence reads:
“Whether driving alone into burning oil fields or trekking to remote uranium tailings sites, photographers Sebastião Salgado and Edward Burtynsky have built international careers from staking out positions on the front lines of industrial globalization.”
Deforestation, as described for example in an Oct. 11, 2013 New York Times article, is integral to the Machine in the Garden narrative.
An Oct. 9, 2013 New York Times article is entitled: “All is fair in love and Twitter.”
An April 13, 2013 CBC article discusses what are seen by some observers as positive outcomes of outsourcing. An April 15, 2013 Toronto Star opinion article by Salimah Valian, author of Rethinking unequal exchange (2012), continues the discussion.
I note in the blog post (below) that David Spangler spent part of his toddler years in Palo Alto. His discussion of manifestation – of the bringing forth or uncovering of things – demonstrates congruence with the Machine in Garden metaphor.
Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse
A July 3, 2013 New York Times article discusses a 1968 presentation in San Francisco at which Douglas C. Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, demonstrated text editing, video conferencing, hypertext, windowing – and the mouse. “At least at first,” the article notes, “it was the mouse that made the biggest impression on the computer industry.”
A July 2, 2013 article in The Atlantic Cities discusses high-tech challengers to Silicon Valley.
An August 8, 2013 Wired opinion article argues that Steve Jobs turned technology and Apple into a religion.
An August 14, 2013 New York Times article highlights a contrarian perspective regarding Silicon Valley.
An August 19, 2013 New York Times article is entitled: Children Lost in War Zones and Disasters Find Their Families With an App.
A Nov. 15, 2013 Mashable article, entitled “Our Promised Land: Silicon Valley and Its Prophets of Profit,” asserts that “Silicon Valley has developed a secular theology that can only be described as millennial millenarianism – this generation’s conviction that it uniquely prepares the way for a fundamental transformation, a belief that is itself a recurring theme in human history.”
Status Update (2013) is of relevance regarding the machine in the garden metaphor.
In a recent post I’ve discussed the origin of the World Wide Web.
A July 7, 2014 New Yorker article is entitled: “California screaming.”
A Sept. 26, 2014 New Yorker article is entitled: “Recycle that headquarters.”
A Jan. 10, 2015 Tech Crunch article is entitled: “East Of Palo Alto’s Eden: Race And The Formation Of Silicon Valley.”
A May 4, 2015 CBC The Current article is entitled: “‘Second Machine Age’ author says machines are taking over humans.”
A March 7, 2017 CBC The Current article is entitled; “‘Capitalism on steroids’: How big tech is gentrifying the Golden City.”