There’s an entire world of unboxing videos on YouTube. Give a kid a tablet and they’ll sit glued to the screen for hours, staring in fascination at close-ups of hands cracking open toy eggs and pulling apart bits of goop. This strange ‘poopsie slime surprise kits unboxing’ has over 12 million views.
There’s a place I call Startupland where everyone has bought into a fever dream. It’s sometimes referred to as Silicon Valley but it broke free of the Bay Area’s geographical boundaries long ago and now exists as a kind of religion where everyone believes they’re the chosen one and business fundamentals don’t apply.
Over the past week, tech companies have flooded social media with words of support to protestors fighting against racial injustice. But the response by many brands to the death of George Floyd has felt so hollow that there are already memes circulating on Twitter.
Since the pandemic started, there’s been approximately 61,260 tech layoffs . Close to 30% of the layoffs came from public tech companies, 85% of those companies are unprofitable.