Tech Guilt

When I began university, the tech industry celebrated the inventors and the revolutionary thinkers. It was the triumph of the nerds.

Now, the tech industry evoked images of entitlement and gentrification.

When I first moved to San Francisco a few years ago, the barber cutting my hair asked what I did for work. After I said I worked in tech, his expression showed slight judgment; Ah you’re one of them,” I can feel him saying.

It feels wrong to hear friends brag about working just a few hours each day in their remote jobs and earning six-figure incomes, while others in the same city toil 16 hours daily to support their families.

Perhaps this is just me, but we’re fortunate to have jobs with generous wages, and we have a responsibility to assist each other, not just act in our own self-interest.

April 8, 2023

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