The CNET Lounge forum

General discussion

Is the tech world inherently right wing?

by navsimpson / April 20, 2007 4:58 AM PDT

Yes, I know that's a little weird. But I've generally noticed that most tech writers tend, by my definitions, to be a little right wing. The reason I say 'inherently' is because 'tech' is a business sector, right? So if technology is ultimately about products, marketing, branding, sales etc., is tech always destined to be generally libertarian and conservative?

I think what might have gotten me started thinking was Molly's rant about light bulbs. Although I get the sense that when it comes to 'social issues', Molly's probably a little left-of-centre (by American standards, anyway), it just made me think - is tech dominated by rightist perspectives?

Don't want to start a flame war - I'm not saying it's a bad thing. I'm just curious if an area or field that is underpinned by capitalism can ever be concerned with, say, issues of equity, race, gender etc. i.e. things that tend (right or wrong) be the domain of the left.

Whaddya' all think?


Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Is the tech world inherently right wing?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Is the tech world inherently right wing?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by Alegoo92 / April 20, 2007 5:30 AM PDT

They're not. At all... Obviously you have yet to see Digg...

As a conservative individual, I am constantly kept aware of the ludicrously left-wing stance the tech world takes on everything..


Collapse -
Depends what you mean by "right" and "left"
by richsim / April 20, 2007 5:54 AM PDT

I think the tech world is generally somewhat libertarian ("right wing"?) but also solidly fact-based rather than faith-based ("liberal"?), pro-entrepreneurship ("right"?) but also anti-big corporations ("left"?), individualistic ("right"?) but also environmentally sensitive ("left"?).

The terms right/left and conservative/liberal don't seem to describe today's political landscape very accurately. Our current President is pro-big government, pro-big spending, pro-military expansion, and he's supposedly a conservative. Fifty ears ago this would have been the very definition of a liberal.

(To an old fart like me, this change has really been startling.)

Collapse -
(NT) That would be fifty years, not "50 ears"
by richsim / April 20, 2007 5:59 AM PDT
Collapse -
Fair points
by Renegade Knight / April 20, 2007 6:33 AM PDT

I work with fairly activly politacal folks. The Democratic Liberal types are all talking about things that only 25 years ago were Conservative and Republican Concepts.

Now I think Conservative and Liberal don't march in step with either party and that the Parties have change so much that they really don't matter as much as they think they do.

On topic.
Tech tends to be conservative, but they do have some liberal tendancies in how they view big business. Kick in that most of them are a little Green and you have a Tech Salid.

Collapse -
Good point.
by navsimpson / April 20, 2007 1:04 PM PDT

Yeah, they really are very vague, fluid terms aren't they? I guess I just wondering out loud (ooh, great name for question period on BOL!).

I guess I ask because I am a generally 'lefty' grad student at a notoriously left-wing school, and I often end up being an apologist for the tech world, while still critiquing aspects of it myself. It's an admittedly very conflicted position, so I was wondering what other people thought.

Thanks for the smart input!

Collapse -
(NT) yeah, smart input indeed!
by shawnlin / April 20, 2007 1:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Good point.
Collapse -
in my head, I've always likened...
by rockinphotognyc / April 21, 2007 12:14 AM PDT


Doesn't really answer your question.

I don't know why, but that seems natural to me.

Collapse -
(NT) (NT) I'm 'Mac' but certainly not left :S
by udayan71 / April 21, 2007 1:44 AM PDT
Collapse -
by navsimpson / April 21, 2007 2:29 AM PDT

I think most leftist philosophy/theory would probably object to the idea of identifying in relation to a commodity - that's a bit contradictory, I think. Again, it's about the terms - what 'left' means in the US and what 'left' means elsewhere are very different.

I guess for me, when I say 'left' I mean socialist-democratic, or just plain socialist or post-marxist, rather than the American definition of 'democrat' (or the Bill O'Reilly definition of the NY Times as 'far left'!).

However, that's not to say that even 'leftists' have much choice whether they identify in relation to commodities and products. My favourite example - not buying a car is often as much about self-expression as buying a Mustang or a Benz. What I mean is that choices are always limited within a given social system and work through what is there. I think that's another reason that I'm thinking so much about my own weird position in relation to technology and gaming.


Collapse -
Is the tech world inherently right wing?
by wizkids32 / April 21, 2007 7:32 AM PDT

No it has an extremely left wing slant have you not heard Leo Laporte he is a liberal and you haven't the round table of C-NET two weeks back it was totally liberal they keep pushing GLOBAL WARMING which doesn't exist at all It is a bunch of lies stated by AL GORE so no it is Extremely LEFT Wing.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?