And then, over the next few days, I watched the opprobrium rain down:
the clearest sign that we are in a new Gilded Age might be the nation gushing over a union-busting billionaire's launch of his quarter-million-dollar sportscar into space on his own private rockets while everyone ignores reports of his factory workers suffering egregious injuries
— Alexander Kaufman (@AlexCKaufman) February 6, 2018
Some of it, to be clear, came from people I admire and respect.
They look at reports of Tesla’s shitty treatment of its factory workers, and reports of Amazon’s shitty treatment of its warehouse workers, and conclude that Musk and Bezos — and, by extension, other tech titans too, guilty of surveillance capitalism, attention fragmentation, and truth decay — represent the apogee of a shitty exploitative system, rather than a new frontier in human achievement.
(It’s worth noting that Tesla says its factory achieved industry-average safety in 2017.)