Degrees of Tech Cynicism

Degrees of tech cynicism from crude to nuanced?

  • That can’t possibly work.
  • It’ll work, but normal people will never use it.
  • Normal people will use it, but it’s trivial.
  • It will never replace [legacy].
  • It will replace [legacy], which is why the world is going to hell.
  • Yes, fine, but just wait until [big company] does it.
  • Yes, fine, but just wait until [hypothetical better version that doesn’t actually exist] does it.
  • I can’t believe how much money those kids made from that.
  • It’s a clear and obvious bubble.
  • Whatever, innovation is dead.

Source: Tweets – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11


Technology Shapes Human Affairs

“We shape our tools and then our tools shape us.”—JM Culkin paraphrasing Marshall McLuhan, 1967.

“It is the medium that shapes and controls the scale and form of human association and action. When our central nervous system is technologically extended to involve us in the whole of mankind and to…incorporate the whole of mankind in us, we necessarily participate, in depth, in the consequences of our every action. The ‘message’ of any medium or technology is the change of scale or pace or pattern that it introduces into human affairs.” – Marshall McLuhan

Source: Andreessen’s Tweets – 1,2,3,4,5