Depending on how often you’ve tuned in this season, it may or may not surprise you to learn that we found a link between Uber, one of the hottest companies in Silicon Valley, and “Feud,” the latest television show from Ryan Murphy, best known for creating “Glee” and “American Horror Story.” The unifying theme? Ruthlessness.
First, we take a look at Uber, the ride-sharing app that can’t seem to stay out of the news for using dubious business practices to crush competitors. We examine the company’s cavalier attitude toward reports of sexism by female employees and analyze why we expect more from Silicon Valley than from corporations like McDonalds or Exxon Mobil. Uber’s valuation is estimated to be as high as $70 billion, making us wonder if other start-ups and young entrepreneurs admire it, rather than revile it.
By way of answering that, we turn to the newest season of “Silicon Valley,” the HBO satire that takes aim at companies like Uber. Wesley loves it, but Jenna can’t watch it. We talk about why, and what it means to make a show that manages to somehow poke fun at the inanity of the technology industry while glorifying its antiheroes.
From there, we […]