I’m Paris Marx, and this is Disconnect.
For the past eight years, I’ve been calling out the tech industry, its snake-oil billionaires, and the harmful impacts it hides behind its grand promises. I’ve been a critical voice on a sector that too often gets a pass by distracting us with futures that never arrive. But it’s not always easy to get those perspectives published by media have tended to praise Silicon Valley far more than call it out.
With Disconnect, I’m providing a different take on the tech industry — a critical perspective that’s too hard to find among mainstream sources. It’s one that isn’t afraid to reject what the tech industry is trying to sell us. I hope you’ll join me!
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My goal with Disconnect is to help you understand what’s happening in the tech industry with a critical perspective you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. There’s a long history of tech criticism that’s often forgotten in these discussions, and I’m trying to bring it back.
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My work has appeared in TIME, WIRED, NBC News, CBC News, MIT Tech Review, and many others. It’s also been translated into more than twelve languages. Since 2020, I’ve hosted the award-winning Tech Won’t Save Us podcast, and last year my first book was published, Road to Nowhere: What Silicon Valley Gets Wrong about the Future of Transportation. I’m based in Canada, far from the heart of Silicon Valley.
“If laissez-faire became one manifesto of capitalism, laissez-innover became the other.”
— David F. Noble