Prefiguring a Critique of Silicon Valley
Writing in Roughing It, in 1872, looking back at the gold rush period in California, Mark Twain prefigured some of the later criticisms of Silicon Valley tech culture.
He described an "assemblage" of "young men [from many places]... No women, no children, no gray and stooping veterans....” And he added, "It was that population that gave to California a name for getting up astounding enterprises and rushing them through with a magnificent dash and daring and recklessness of cost or consequences which she bears onto this day..."
And what had happend to that population, by the time he was writing? He says they had become "victims devoted upon the altar of the golden calf."