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Noah Smith

Go Easy on Silicon Valley's Nerds

Everyone seem to think bashing the nerds in Silicon Valley serves a useful purpose. It doesn't.
Nerd? Oh yeah.                                                                                                     
Nerd? Oh yeah.                                                                                                     

As I write this post, I'm sitting in a café on Valencia Street in San Francisco's ever-trendy Mission District. Outside, the summer sun is shining on wide, quiet streets and beautiful clean buildings. Around me sit healthy-looking people of every race and national origin, typing away on their laptops, but friendly and eager to talk to a stranger. You could forgive me for thinking I'm sitting in a paradise.

But no actually, I'm sitting in Mordor. San Francisco, epicenter of the tech industry, is the land from which the new hosts of evil issue forth, under clouds of swirling darkness, to conquer the realms of men.