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ISBN-10: 022678648X
ISBN-13: 9780226786483
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 05/12/2021
Dimensions: 10.00" L, 7.80" W, 0.50" H

Seeing Silicon Valley: Life Inside a Fraying America

Photographer: Mary Beth Meehan

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Acclaimed photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Silicon Valley culture expert Fred Turner join forces to give us an unseen view of the heart of the tech world.

It’s hard to imagine a place more central to American mythology today than Silicon Valley. To outsiders, the region glitters with the promise of extraordinary wealth and innovation. But behind this image lies another Silicon Valley, one segregated by race, class, and nationality in complex and contradictory ways. Its beautiful landscape lies atop underground streams of pollutants left behind by decades of technological innovation, and while its billionaires live in compounds, surrounded by redwood trees and security fences, its service workers live in their cars.

With arresting photography and intimate stories, Seeing Silicon Valley makes this hidden world visible. Instead of young entrepreneurs striving for efficiency in minimalist corporate campuses, we see portraits of struggle–families displaced by an impossible real estate market, workers striving for a living wage, and communities harmed by environmental degradation. If the fate of Silicon Valley is the fate of America–as so many of its boosters claim–then this book gives us an unvarnished look into the future.

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"It is a Silicon Valley rarely described and never shown that photographer Mary Beth Meehan sought to document. . . . Without descending into pathos, she reveals the striking contrasts between the world of start-ups and that in which their employees live. . . . But underneath, Meehan also depicts another, more subtle dissonance–between the way Silicon Valley sees itself, and the way it really is."– "Le Monde"
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Details

ISBN-10: 022678648X
ISBN-13: 9780226786483
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 05/12/2021
Dimensions: 10.00" L, 7.80" W, 0.50" H
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