New York Times bestselling author Dan Lyons exposes how the "new oligarchs" of Silicon Valley have turned technology into a tool for oppressing workers in this "passionate" (Kirkus) and "darkly funny" (Publishers Weekly) examination of workplace culture.At a time of soaring corporate profits and plenty of HR lip service about "wellness," millions of workers--in virtually...
|Title||:||Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us Reviews
I laughed and then cried out of shared frustration. Highly recommended for anyone who has worked in the tech industry, as well as anyone sick and tired of neoliberalism. Lyons can sometimes be a little to stuck in the 1950’s, but if you can let that slide there’s some great analysis here.
From my blog at https://churbuck.com/2018/10/30/lab-r...
I’m finishing Lab Rats by Dan Lyons and feeling thoroughly depressed but laughing about it. The feeling is like a go-to-bed-pull-the-shades-suck-my-thumb level of depressed while watching the Three Stooges. I was laughing before I finished the foreword.
Lab Rats follows Lyons’ 2017 best-selling Disrupted, and as a bit of a sequel, it takes a horrifying look at the peculiar culture of contemporary companies which he experienced first hand at ...more
Kinda depressing. You already knew it happened out there in the real technology and startup world, but still, reading about it was uneasy.
About the book, I would rate it somewhere between 3 and 4. I was hesitant for a while but then put 4 for it. My problem with it, and the way author Dan Lyons expressed his ideas was there was so much negative energy. Looked like the author exaggerated lots of things and was angry with everything. Not only in these recent days, at some big unicorn tech companie ...more
I read three books in succession and each did well for what their authors set out as their goals. Augmented: Life in the Smart Lane is the Utopian version of where technology is taking us. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us provides the Dystopian view. While Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence contains the more nuanced approach. The wonder of technology is that all three versions are probably correct.
What use is outrage?
Outrage is motivating. It can be unifying. It can even be inspiring. With a little discipline, it can power you enough to produce a first draft of a book. After the first draft, the outrage must be controlled, limited, and shaped if you wish to address anyone other than people you agree with already, or motivate people to participate in a constructive response.
This book has an outrage issues.
It disappointed me because the things that the author is outraged about are, well, ou ...more
"Two opposing viewpoints are vying for the soul of the corporation. On one side are oligarchs like [Reid] Hoffman and HR mavens like [Netflix's Patty] McCord. On the other side are the companies I call the good guys."
I was always intrigued by Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble, but never got around to reading it, so I snapped up the NetGalley ARC of this new title by Lyons. It's a critique of how the tech industry has contributed to negative trends in workplace conditions: income ...more