Tech in the News: Silicon Valley Isn’t Just Disrupting Democracy — It’s Replacing It

Ian Bogost

Posted October 3, 2017

External Article: Quartz

Ian Bogost, professor in The School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Institute of Technology, was quoted in the Quartz October 3 article “Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy — it’s replacing it.” The School of Literature, Media, and Communication is a unit of the Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Excerpt:

If you want to understand the threat that Silicon Valley poses to culture at large, consider Apple’s $5 billion headquarters. The Cupertino, California, building may seem like paradise to some, with striking architecture—a donut-shaped building featuring the world’s largest piece of curved glass—and lavish details like iPhone-inspired elevator buttons and patented pizza boxes that prevent soggy crusts… Ian Bogost (Georgia Tech) at The Atlantic reports: Instead of stores, they would become “town squares, because they are gathering places.” She’s creating “plazas” in Apple’s largest stores, adding “boardrooms” for entrepreneurs, and recasting aisles as “avenues,” which are “like shop windows around a town square.”

For the entire article “Silicon Valley isn’t just disrupting democracy — it’s replacing it” visit the Quartz website.