At last! A Silicon Valley reality show

Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Mark, gets together with Bravo TV to produce a reality show about making it big in the Valley. Naturally, Valley snobs pooh-pooh it.

Randi Zuckerberg, the show's executive producer. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There are very few things missing in Silicon Valley life.

There is already power. There is intrigue. There is manipulation, deceit, accusation, subterfuge. But there is not, as of yet, a Silicon Valley reality show.

My eyeballs are, therefore, vibrating at mach speeds at the thought that Bravo TV will soon reveal a reality show called, currently, "Silicon Valley."

I am grateful to The Wrap for explaining that Randi Zuckerberg, sister and former employee of Mark, will be the show's executive producer.

I am even more grateful for this brief, but exciting, sales spiel for the show: "Bravo captures the intertwining lives of young professionals on the path to becoming Silicon Valley's next great success stories."

A focus on the word "intertwining" will surely give a clue to what this series might portend. Some of Bravo TV's finest reality shows -- the "Real Housewives" series, for example -- rely on spontaneous intertwining that raises blood pressure, ire, and ratings.

Should "Silicon Valley" be able to offer the magnetism of spontaneous intertwining, who knows how popular it might become.

It is with some grief that I must report the series has not been received with loud and universal hallelujahs among the Valley's most vaunted.

Some have viewed a short clip have used phrases, like "Oh, God. Horrid."

This is precisely the sort of emotional myopia that one would fear from those who believe that creating a new platform is the equivalent of building the Sistine Chapel in the morning and the Eiffel Tower in the afternoon.

Currently, there is very little public confidence that human beings work in the Valley at all. Most representatives of the technology world have robotic eyes, voices less human than Siri's, and the sartorial splendor of an Iowa accountant on a fishing trip.

These representatives talk down to ordinary humans by mocking their sense of privacy, their norms of communication, and even their ability to find love in some kind of decent human setting, like a cozy bar or aisle 7 at Safeway.

How refreshing that the people who brought us the great cultural event that is "Top Chef" should volunteer to stoop to the Valley in an attempt to eke out some humanity from its metallic pores.

As if tossing its faith to all corners, Bravo also announced that it will show a reality series called "Huh?" This will follow the staff at icanhascheezburger.com as they spend their days LOLcatting around to keep people from tossing themselves from office buildings.

Instead of offering curled lips of disgust, perhaps it would be wiser -- and more honest -- to hope that Bravo can find enough interesting people to make the tech world seem like more than a haven for singles and zeros.

 

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