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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?

-Nav

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No
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..

Alex

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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.)

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(NT) That would be fifty years, not "50 ears"
by richsim / April 20, 2007 5:59 AM PDT
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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.

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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!

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

Macs:liberal/democrat/left
PC's:conservative/republican/right

Doesn't really answer your question.

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

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(NT) (NT) I'm 'Mac' but certainly not left :S
by udayan71 / April 21, 2007 1:44 AM PDT
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But...
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.

-Nav

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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.

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