People in Tech

For the past month, I’ve been using this website to rant about tech companies. But throughout it all, there’s something that I’ve avoided talking about: companies aren’t automatons. They don’t just do what they do of their own accord.

In the real world, companies are made of people. And usually good people. It’s cliche, but people in tech mostly do want to make the world a better place.

So how is it that these same people end up spending their lives enriching the likes of Zuckerberg and Bezos?

This is a tricky question, and I doubt there’s a simple answer for it. But there’s one thing that I do know: Nobody takes a job at Facebook because they want to make the world angry. Nobody takes a job at Amazon because they want to put its suppliers out of businesses. Nobody joins Twitter to distract people.

Putting my rants aside for a moment, I have to admit that on occasions, big tech companies actually do provide a lot of value. And while everyone has their reasons for taking a job, for the most part, it’s because they see the positives. They start out wanting to help.

They want to help — that is — until an asshole like me comes along and asks them to answer for the rest of their company’s crimes, putting them on the defensive, making an enemy of the very people who can effect change.

So how do we fix tech without alienating the people in it? I’m honestly not sure. Ranting on the internet sure won’t help, but joining big tech doesn’t seem to work either. There’s one thing that’s certain though: whatever happens, the people in tech will still need to pay the bills. And if we can give them a way to do that while helping others, I think a lot of them would take us up on the offer.