“Empire of the geeks… and what could wreck it” was the featured cover story of The Economist’s July 25 issue. “Silicon Valley should be celebrated. But its insularity risks a backlash,” reads the tag line of its leader article. Last year’s anger at the private buses that take employees who live in San Francisco to their workplaces 30 or 40 miles south, is but one of the signs that a backlash might be brewing.
You can sense the reaction against the perceived excesses of its culture in a pair of recent articles, - Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem in the NY Times Magazine, and What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women in Newsweek, the latter visually making its point in its cover. You can feel it in HBO’s no-holds-barred namesake TV series. And then there is Peter Thiel, - one of Silicon Valley’s most successful, outspoken, and wealthy entrepreneurs and VCs, - who adds fuel to the backlash fire with his controversial views on a wide range of subjects, including women, democracy, capitalism and education.