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Finally watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. It didn’t say anything that we didn’t already know about social media and big tech, but it’s still alarming and worth the watch. The biggest question I have after watching is why do people still romanticize FAANG? Is just purely the money and prestige? Are we selling our soul for a highly regarded exit opportunity? Just curious.

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I’ve never been into FAANG. It’s just marketing to get more applicants and workers to sell their souls. I remember we had a 20 year employee that got offered a job at Google and he was a skilled journey man. We begged him not to leave but they offered him twice his salary. He left and Google changed their business strategy (can’t really say that because this was part of the plan to poach) in 4 months. They let him go after they got our company to make some infrastructure changes to ensure they didn’t lose any of the market. Well played ... meanwhile this previously loyal employee got the guts kicked out of him. Last I heard he was working at Home Depot making a small fraction of his original salary - too embarrassed to return. I literally sat with him for an hour and warned him that Google doesn’t care about you or your career. They just want to make money. They only invest in a project to make money. Once their goal is complete they shut down ops and leave. Deuces. The truth is that their mission aligns with most millennials thought process about work and jobs. They literally market to them based on research. New school- no loyalty, grab and go with the highest bidder. No long term commitment needed. Draw them in with draw of working with best friends and managing a wide range of business activities with little to know moral compass or wisdom. Old school, choose a high quality company and stay and be loyal for 10+ years, gaining relevant experience and knowledge over time and having wisdom and restraint to make decisions that you know will have an impact on your future and the future of your neighborhood, city or town. We are so global that we don’t care about tomorrow as long as we get a six figure job and large bonuses that are used to buy stuff that can never fill the whole in a heart but won’t realize that until 45 and in debt up to my eyeballs. This is what we’ve cultivated. Good job!!!!

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Lemmings following money/titles.

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Money. In consulting we also work for bad clients who prioritize financial gain over good ethics. Law? 50% is fighting for the other (bad) side. Banking? Make the rich richer. Besides medicine - which has its inherent quandaries - there are few industries that allow significant financial gain without negative impacts.

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I agree with you, but I think the difference is that in this case the society as a whole is impacted in a way and on a scale never seen before while at the same time negative consequences can not be fully anticipated and are most likely irreversible.

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I felt the same as you after watching it. I would recommend reading great book Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff. It tackles same topic but goes more in depth. Hopefully enough people will educate themselves about the business model of certain companies, the impact it already has on our behaviour, the enormous scope of that impact, and potential long term consequences it might have on our society.

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Thanks for the recommendation! I think the author was featured in the documentary too. There is also this book called Future Ethics by Cennydd Bowles that I’ll probably pick up.

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Morality is relative and people can always be bought—that’s just what happens in a capitalist society

Someone pls buy my morality.

Money without the 100 hour weeks of banking or the travel and always-on nature of consulting - if the alternatives are equally amoral, tech starts to look pretty good. Plus, free food.

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