A few years after Anna Weiner graduated from college in 2009, she decided to drop out of a dead-end job in the publishing industry because, to work in technology, she says, she wanted to feel ” Was going somewhere “.

Instead, he found himself immersed in a culture that alienated him from his self-image, and worked with startup managers who had much more emotional intelligence than chattel programmed by Amnesty International.

They’ve never had any professional experience. You don’t have any experience at all. Weiner wrote about his new memoir, Uncanny Valley Said in an interview with Recode Media, “Things can go wrong quickly. great.

Winner’s book is the product of a 2016 article with the same name in the literary magazine n + 1, where Weiner says he introduced a “slightly fictional” story about his time in technology. In his new book, which describes that when he worked for startups in New York and San Francisco, the winner did not name the companies or people he worked with. But we know that he first worked in an e-reading subscription app in New York before working in customer support in San Francisco – first starting to run data analytics and then hosting open source software projects (widely Considered Github).

Using explicit and modern prose, Weiner narrates detailed meetings with managers who question his abilities, colleagues who are more concerned about his company’s reputation than homeless camps growing on the streets of San Francisco, and the workplace. Sex discrimination – like a fellow man who keeps a list of class women from office during his look – he’s afraid of confrontation for fear That it will be classified as a female.

But Wiener is reluctant to dismiss the appeal of technology culture altogether. He is conscientious about his fascination in an industry that promises a sense of opportunity that he lacked in his previous troubles as an assistant at a literary agency in New York.

Weiner says he still has “a lot of sympathy” for people like his former boss, whom he believes was in over his head.

Read an excerpt from the interview below (edited for clarity), and listen to the entire conversation here:

Sherren gaffrey

The book is not to be skipped, but can you tell us a little more about the critical perspective you have about certain aspects of technological culture?

Anna weiner

I don’t think it’s going to spoil that I’m disappointed in this industry or my work in it. I think it was a slow fire for me. I was working for a data analysis company when Snowden was discovered, and it was something I didn’t handle at the present time, but I slowly began to understand that it was a very large ecology around data collection Was part of the system and economy and could be misused in various ways …

At the level of interpersonal relationships, it seemed to me that it was irrational for me to let all of us go through a cause when the incentive didn’t really exist, and in this particular company there was an emotional catalyst that allowed the startup to consume your life gave.

I also think that you see people between 24 and 25 years old running a company. He has never had any professional experience. You have never had any professional experience. Things can get really bad, really fast. I think from there, I wondered how the industry was designed.

Sherren gaffrey

Can you describe a little more about how it was? I know that in the situation I was in, there were two very uncomfortable meetings or situations.

Anna weiner

This is a very strange culture where they learn to become a professional, and this was for many people, where they were learning to be a professional. I think on one hand, it can be really exciting. Are you sitting at a table or standing at a table next to the CEO [Ed. Note: As in the book, Wiener did not reveal the identity of this person] and those people who are powerful assume it.

Powerful people, who presumably know what to do, have given $ 12 million to this person to make their idea viable. This is impressive, and this level of unpleasant conversation can be very exciting, as you hang out with your CEO, you drink beer with your CEO, and you wake up with the whole [company]…