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Tech Won't Save Us
Tech Won't Save Us
Paris Marx

Silicon Valley has a solution for everything, but who do its ideas really serve? Every Thursday, Paris Marx is joined by a... more

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Episodes

Tech Isn’t Fixing the Crisis on Our Streets w/ David Zipper

Paris Marx is joined by David Zipper to discuss how Silicon Valley pitched new technologies as the fix for a... more

01 Dec 2022 · 1 hour,
Why Advertising Shapes the Tech Economy w/ Daniel Joseph

Paris Marx is joined by Daniel Joseph to discuss why advertising is central not just to the tech economy, but... more

24 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
Why Visual Effects Look the Way They Do w/ Julie Turnock

Paris Marx is joined by Julie Turnock to discuss the history of the visual effects industry, the role that George... more

17 Nov 2022 · 49 minutes
Elon Musk’s Twitter Takeover is a Disaster w/ Hussein Kesvani

Paris Marx is joined by Hussein Kesvani to discuss the mess of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, the problem with his... more

10 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Tech Billionaires Are Reshaping US Politics w/ Jacob Silverman

Paris Marx is joined by Jacob Silverman to discuss Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover, the politics of the PayPal Mafia tech... more

03 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Mark Zuckerberg is Burning Meta to the Ground w/ Dave Karpf

Paris Marx is joined by Dave Karpf to discuss Meta’s misguided attempt to turn Facebook into a metaverse company, how... more

27 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
Don’t Fall for the Longtermism Sales Pitch w/ Émile Torres

Paris Marx is joined by Émile Torres to discuss the ongoing effort to sell effective altruism and longtermism to the... more

20 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
How Tech is Remaking the Food System w/ Jim Thomas

Paris Marx is joined by Jim Thomas to discuss how digital technologies are being integrated into the industrial food system,... more

13 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
Why Green Capitalism Won’t Fix Climate Change w/ Adrienne Buller

Paris Marx is joined by Adrienne Buller to discuss how the tech and finance industries are selling us false solutions... more

06 Oct 2022 · 53 minutes
Why Google’s Toronto Smart City Failed w/ Josh O'Kane

Paris Marx is joined by Josh O’Kane to discuss how Sidewalk Labs decided to build a city “from the internet... more

29 Sep 2022 · 54 minutes
Science Fiction As Tech Criticism w/ Brian Merchant and Claire Evans

Paris Marx is joined by Brian Merchant and Claire Evans to discuss their new science fiction anthology, how it uses... more

22 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
Electric Vehicles Are Driving a Mining Boom w/ Thea Riofrancos

Paris Marx is joined by Thea Riofrancos to discuss how the push for electric vehicles is driving governments in the... more

15 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Surveillance Won’t Protect Students w/ Chris Gilliard

Paris Marx is joined by Chris Gilliard to discuss the push to expand surveillance technologies in schools during the pandemic... more

08 Sep 2022 · 57 minutes
Amazon’s Highly Subsidized Foray Into Middle-Earth w/ Thomas Coughlan

Paris Marx is joined by Thomas Coughlan to discuss Amazon’s foray into Tolkien’s fantasy world, the big subsidies it received... more

01 Sep 2022 · 50 minutes
Who’s Winning in China’s Fight Against 996? w/ JS Tan

Paris Marx is joined by JS Tan to discuss how Chinese tech workers fought against “996” work practices and whether... more

25 Aug 2022 · 49 minutes
How the Modem World Shaped the Internet w/ Kevin Driscoll

Paris Marx is joined by Kevin Driscoll to discuss the networks and services built by volunteers and hobbyists on top... more

18 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Keep Capitalism Out of Space w/ Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Paris Marx is joined by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein to discuss the science behind the new space telescope, the problems with the... more

11 Aug 2022 · 57 minutes
Competition Won’t Fix Canada’s Telecom Woes w/ Fenwick McKelvey

Paris Marx is joined by Fenwick McKelvey to discuss the massive outage at Rogers, why it’s challenging the narrative that... more

04 Aug 2022 · 53 minutes
The Real Legacy of Stewart Brand w/ Malcolm Harris

Paris Marx is joined by Malcolm Harris to discuss the legacy of Stewart Brand and why the myth we’re often... more

28 Jul 2022 · 57 minutes
How the Cloud Reshaped the Internet w/ Dwayne Monroe

Paris Marx is joined by Dwayne Monroe to discuss what it’s like to work in a data center, how the... more

21 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Dangers of Tech that Tracks Everything We Do w/ Shoshana Wodinsky

Paris Marx is joined by Shoshana Wodinsky to discuss how the digital infrastructure that companies have built out over the... more

14 Jul 2022 · 56 minutes
Tech Won’t Fix the Transport System w/ Paris Marx

In a special episode to celebrate the release of host Paris Marx’s new book Road to Nowhere, Brian Merchant takes... more

07 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
15 Years of the iPhone w/ Brian Merchant

Paris Marx is joined by Brian Merchant to discuss the impact of the iPhone after 15 years, including its effects... more

30 Jun 2022 · 57 minutes
Canada’s Digital Contact-Tracing Experiment w/ Bianca Wylie

To kick off a new monthly bonus series on tech in Canada, Paris Marx is joined by Bianca Wylie to... more

27 Jun 2022 · 56 minutes
Technology of the Oppressed w/ David Nemer

Paris Marx is joined by David Nemer to discuss how residents of Brazil’s favelas reshape technologies developed in the Global... more

23 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Streaming Wars: Revenge of the Cinema? w/ Gita Jackson

Paris Marx is joined by Gita Jackson to discuss how streaming has altered the film and television industry, what happens... more

16 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Privatizing the Internet Was a Mistake w/ Ben Tarnoff

Paris Marx is joined by Ben Tarnoff to discuss why the problems with the modern internet, including its excessive concentration... more

09 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Tech Media Needs to Do Better on Crypto and Elon Musk w/ Ed Zitron

Paris Marx is joined by Ed Zitron for a wide-ranging discussion on the responsibility tech media has to its readers,... more

02 Jun 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Dangerous Ideology of the Tech Elite w/ Phil Torres

Paris Marx is joined by Phil Torres to discuss why longtermism isn’t just about long-term thinking, but provides a framework... more

26 May 2022 · 55 minutes
(Un)Stablecoins and the Crypto Crash w/ Bennett Tomlin

Paris Marx is joined by Bennett Tomlin to discuss last week’s crash of Terra and Luna, the problems with stablecoins,... more

19 May 2022 · 55 minutes
The Argument for Half-Earth Socialism w/ Drew Pendergrass & Troy Vettese

Paris Marx is joined by Drew Pendergrass and Troy Vettese to discuss the environmental crises of climate change and mass... more

12 May 2022 · 58 minutes
How IBM Workers Took On Racism and Apartheid w/ ann haeyoung

Paris Marx is joined by ann haeyoung to discuss IBM worker organizing in the 1970s and 1980s against racism and... more

05 May 2022 · 50 minutes
The Financialization of Everything w/ Edward Ongweso Jr.

Paris Marx is joined by Edward Ongweso Jr. to discuss Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition, how technology is enabling an extension... more

28 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
We Can’t Allow Tech Solutions to Delay Climate Action w/ Molly Taft

Paris Marx is joined by Molly Taft to discuss why we need to act now to reduce emissions, what role... more

21 Apr 2022 · 58 minutes
Who’s to Blame When a Self-Driving Car Kills Someone? w/ Lauren Smiley

Paris Marx is joined by Lauren Smiley to discuss what we’ve learned about the Uber crash since in happened in... more

14 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
How to Unionize Amazon w/ Justine Medina & Karen Ponce

Paris Marx is joined by Justine Medina and Karen Ponce to discuss how the Amazon Labor Union succeeded in unionizing... more

07 Apr 2022 · 51 minutes
Web3 is Not Going Great w/ Molly White

Paris Marx is joined by Molly White to discuss the big Axie Infinity hack, what’s wrong with the New York... more

01 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Digital Tech Didn’t Democratize the Film Industry w/ Will Tavlin

Paris Marx is joined by Will Tavlin to discuss the history of the film industry, how the digital revolution was... more

24 Mar 2022 · 47 minutes
Can Higher Interest Rates Tame Big Tech And Inflation? w/ Grace Blakeley

Paris Marx is joined by Grace Blakeley to discuss how low interest rates and quantitative easing fueled the tech economy’s... more

17 Mar 2022 · 58 minutes
How Peter Thiel Wields His Power in Silicon Valley w/ Moira Weigel

Paris Marx is joined by Moira Weigel to discuss Peter Thiel’s history, how the network he cultivated has influenced Silicon... more

10 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
War in the Content Economy w/ Ryan Broderick & Hussein Kesvani

Paris Marx is joined by Ryan Broderick and Hussein Kesvani to discuss how war gets filtered through social media and... more

03 Mar 2022 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Can Tesla Survive Elon Musk? w/ Edward Niedermeyer

Paris Marx is joined by Edward Niedermeyer to discuss how Elon Musk got involved in Tesla, promised things he couldn’t... more

24 Feb 2022 · 57 minutes
Cringe Raps and $5 Billion in Stolen Bitcoin w/ Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Paris Marx is joined by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai to discuss the arrest of Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan for trying to... more

17 Feb 2022 · 45 minutes
The Poorly Paid Workers Powering Automation w/ Phil Jones

Paris Marx is joined by Phil Jones to discuss the hidden microworkers behind supposedly AI-powered automation from major tech companies,... more

10 Feb 2022 · 49 minutes
Crypto Winter Is Coming w/ Jacob Silverman

As the podcast celebrates episode 100, Paris Marx is joined by Jacob Silverman to discuss the huge drop in crypto... more

03 Feb 2022 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Microsoft Wants to Dominate the Games Industry w/ Rob Zacny

Paris Marx is joined by Rob Zacny to discuss the potential consequences of Xbox’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and what... more

27 Jan 2022 · 54 minutes
How Evangelicals Emulate Startup Culture w/ Corrina Laughlin

Paris Marx is joined by Corrina Laughlin to discuss how evangelical Christians have adapted to modern technologies, how churches have... more

20 Jan 2022 · 48 minutes
Envisioning Platform Socialism w/ James Muldoon

Paris Marx is joined by James Muldoon to discuss his vision for platform socialism and the different ways we could... more

13 Jan 2022 · 54 minutes
How Roblox Exploits Children w/ Quintin Smith

Paris Marx is joined by Quintin Smith to discuss how Roblox profits from the labor of children, built an exploitative... more

06 Jan 2022 · 45 minutes
Happy Holidays from Tech Won’t Save Us!

To end 2021, Paris Marx provides a quick update on the podcast and what’s coming next year.Tech Won’t Save Us... more

30 Dec 2021 · 12 minutes
Silicon Valley Doesn’t Get Science Fiction w/ Annalee Newitz

Paris Marx is joined by Annalee Newitz to discuss what’s wrong with Silicon Valley’s understanding of science fiction, and how... more

23 Dec 2021 · 57 minutes
The Video Game Industry Needs Unions w/ Gita Jackson

Paris Marx is joined by Gita Jackson to discuss the revelations of sexual harassment and discrimination at Activision Blizzard, how... more

16 Dec 2021 · 56 minutes
Web3 is a Scam, Not a Revolution w/ Stephen Diehl

Paris Marx is joined by Stephen Diehl to discuss why technologists are divided on crypto, what’s wrong with blockchain, why... more

09 Dec 2021 · 58 minutes
Who Inspired Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos’ Space Visions? w/ Fred Scharmen

Paris Marx is joined by Fred Scharmen to discuss Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos’ visions for space colonization, the inspiration... more

02 Dec 2021 · 53 minutes
Don’t Give Surveillance for Christmas w/ Chris Gilliard

Paris Marx is joined by Chris Gilliard to discuss the ethics of tech media recommending surveillance devices, aspects of “smart”... more

25 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
Net-Zero Uses Technofixes to Delay Climate Action w/ Sabrina Fernandes

Paris Marx is joined by Sabrina Fernandes to discuss what came out of COP26, what it actually means to have... more

18 Nov 2021 · 58 minutes
How Amazon is Changing the Books We Read w/ Mark McGurl

Paris Marx is joined by Mark McGurl to discuss how Amazon is reshaping the publishing industry and altering the form... more

11 Nov 2021 · 49 minutes
Why the Metaverse Must Be Stopped w/ Brian Merchant

Paris Marx is joined by Brian Merchant to discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s big plans for the metaverse, everything that’s wrong with... more

04 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Can Nostalgia Inspire a Better Future? w/ Grafton Tanner

Paris Marx is joined by Grafton Tanner to discuss how social and environmental crises fuel nostalgia, how companies profit from... more

28 Oct 2021 · 54 minutes
What Gig Work Means for Women in India w/ Noopur Raval

Paris Marx is joined by Noopur Raval to discuss India’s gig economy, the specific conditions of women who provide services... more

21 Oct 2021 · 53 minutes
Beating Uber at the UK Supreme Court w/ Yaseen Aslam

Paris Marx is joined by Yaseen Aslam to discuss the UK Supreme Court ruling that Uber drivers are not self-employed,... more

19 Oct 2021 · 42 minutes
Solidarity in Canada’s Gig Economy w/ Jennifer Scott & Brice Sopher

Paris Marx is joined by Jennifer Scott and Brice Sopher to discuss the campaign to unionize Foodora and the fight... more

14 Oct 2021 · 52 minutes
Gig Work is Not a Novelty in Brazil w/ Rafael Grohmann

Paris Marx is joined by Rafael Grohmann to discuss the state of app-based work in Brazil, organizing by food delivery... more

12 Oct 2021 · 46 minutes
The Fight for Gig Workers’ Rights in Europe w/ Ben Wray

Paris Marx is joined by Ben Wray to discuss the state of the gig economy in Europe, including the Spanish... more

07 Oct 2021 · 46 minutes
Migrant Workers in Australia’s Gig Economy w/ Tyler Riordan

Paris Marx is joined by Tyler Riordan to discuss the state of the gig economy in Australia, the ongoing efforts... more

05 Oct 2021 · 43 minutes
How Race Was Central to Prop 22 w/ Veena Dubal

Paris Marx is joined by Veena Dubal to discuss how Proposition 22 and the contract status of gig workers is... more

30 Sep 2021 · 45 minutes
The Amazon Union Drive Comes to Canada w/ Sara Mojtehedzadeh

Paris Marx is joined by Sara Mojtehedzadeh to discuss the Teamsters’ organizing at Amazon warehouses in Canada and the working... more

23 Sep 2021 · 51 minutes
What Apple Won’t Tell You About the iPhone w/ Brian Merchant

Paris Marx is joined by Brian Merchant to discuss the development of the iPhone, how Apple manages the press, and... more

16 Sep 2021 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
The Creation of a Black Cyberculture w/ André Brock

Paris Marx is joined by André Brock to discuss the history of Black people’s online activity, the internet’s association with... more

09 Sep 2021 · 48 minutes
Big Tech Entrenches US Power w/ Michael Kwet

Paris Marx is joined by Michael Kwet to discuss how digital technologies are used to entrench the power of the... more

02 Sep 2021 · 50 minutes
Blockchain Won’t Save the Global South w/ Olivier Jutel

Paris Marx is joined by Olivier Jutel to discuss blockchain’s pivot to humanitarianism, the questionable people behind the technology, and... more

26 Aug 2021 · 58 minutes
How Neoliberalism Seized the Internet w/ Dan Greene

Paris Marx is joined by Dan Greene to discuss how the Clinton administration reframed poverty through the lens of the... more

19 Aug 2021 · 57 minutes
How Smart is the Smart City? w/ Shannon Mattern

Paris Marx is joined by Shannon Mattern to discuss what we miss when we see the city solely through the... more

12 Aug 2021 · 48 minutes
How Australia Used Tech Against Welfare Recipients w/ Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran

Paris Marx is joined by Dhakshayini Sooriyakumaran to discuss Australia’s robodebt scandal where automated decision-making was used against welfare recipients,... more

05 Aug 2021 · 41 minutes
How Streaming is Reshaping the Film Industry w/ Peter Labuza

Paris Marx is joined by Peter Labuza to discuss how streaming is reconfiguring Hollywood, what that means for the film... more

29 Jul 2021 · 56 minutes
Demystifying the Billionaire Space Race

Paris Marx takes a solo episode to discuss the billionaire space race. Specifically, how billionaires are selling grand futures of... more

22 Jul 2021 · 43 minutes
“Sleep Dealer” and the Border Politics of Tech w/ Alex Rivera

Paris Marx is joined by Alex Rivera to discuss his 2008 film Sleep Dealer and how it imagined exploitative technologies... more

15 Jul 2021 · 50 minutes
Tech Criticism Before the Techlash w/ Zachary Loeb

Paris Marx is joined by Zachary Loeb to discuss the history of tech criticism with a focus on Joseph Weizenbaum... more

08 Jul 2021 · 53 minutes
Bitcoin is a Right-Wing Technology w/ David Golumbia

Paris Marx is joined by David Golumbia to discuss the ideology of cyberlibertarianism, the right-wing politics of cryptocurrencies and blockchains,... more

01 Jul 2021 · 52 minutes
VCs Want to Disrupt the Media w/ Eoin Higgins

Paris Marx is joined by Eoin Higgins to discuss why tech companies and venture capital firms are launching their own... more

24 Jun 2021 · 36 minutes
Facebook Is A Battleground w/ Avi Asher-Schapiro and Maya Gebeily

Paris Marx is joined by Avi Asher-Schapiro and Maya Gebeily to discuss how Facebook isn’t fully enforcing its ban on... more

17 Jun 2021 · 41 minutes
Embracing Glitch Feminism w/ Legacy Russell

Paris Marx is joined by Legacy Russell to discuss how glitch feminism challenges existing ideas of what constitutes the body... more

10 Jun 2021 · 47 minutes
The Sunset of the Californian Ideology? w/ Richard Barbrook

Paris Marx is joined by Richard Barbrook to discuss how the Californian Ideology illustrated the neoliberalism of Silicon Valley, whether... more

03 Jun 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Why the Soviet Union Didn’t Build the Internet w/ Benjamin Peters

Paris Marx is joined by Benjamin Peters to discuss the proposals for national computer networks in the Soviet Union, the... more

27 May 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Project Cybersyn Shows All Tech is Political w/ Eden Medina

Paris Marx is joined by Eden Medina to discuss Project Cybersyn, a technological system created by Chile’s socialist government in... more

20 May 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
How Many Times Has the Internet Already Died? w/ Kevin Driscoll

Paris Marx is joined by Kevin Driscoll to discuss the history of France’s Minitel system, the insights it provides about... more

13 May 2021 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
How State Funding Built Silicon Valley w/ Margaret O’Mara

Paris Marx is joined by Margaret O’Mara to discuss how the state and military have been at the center of... more

06 May 2021 · 58 minutes
Celebrating One Year of Tech Won’t Save Us!

Paris Marx is solo this week, providing an update on the podcast, the series of guests planned for May, and... more

29 Apr 2021 · 29 minutes
What’s Next for Amazon Workers? w/ Kim Kelly

Paris Marx is joined by Kim Kelly to discuss what it was like on the ground in Bessemer as workers... more

22 Apr 2021 · 50 minutes
Vaccine Passports Are Not the Solution w/ Elizabeth Renieris

Paris Marx is joined by Elizabeth Renieris to discuss why we should be concerned about proposals for vaccine passports and... more

16 Apr 2021 · 49 minutes
Bursting the NFT Bubble w/ Jacob Silverman

Paris Marx is joined by Jacob Silverman to discuss the implications of the recent NFT boom, the libertarian ideology that... more

08 Apr 2021 · 45 minutes
Digital Redlining in the Frictionless Society w/ Chris Gilliard

Paris Marx is joined by Chris Gilliard to discuss how decisions by powerful institutions over how to implement new technologies... more

01 Apr 2021 · 49 minutes
Elon Musk Isn’t Saving Humanity w/ Manu Saadia

Paris Marx is joined by Manu Saadia to discuss the roots of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos’ visions for space,... more

25 Mar 2021 · 51 minutes
How Britain Killed its Computing Industry w/ Mar Hicks

Paris Marx is joined by Mar Hicks to discuss why we need to know the history of tech and how... more

18 Mar 2021 · 54 minutes
Is Bill Gates a “Good” Billionaire? w/ Tim Schwab

Paris Marx is joined by Tim Schwab to discuss how Bill Gates wields his wealth to shape public policy, the... more

11 Mar 2021 · 53 minutes
How Algorithms Are Transforming Work w/ Callum Cant

Paris Marx is joined by Callum Cant to discuss the UK Supreme Court ruling that Uber drivers are workers, his... more

04 Mar 2021 · 56 minutes
Why We Need a Luddite Politics of Tech w/ Gavin Mueller

Paris Marx is joined by Gavin Mueller to discuss who the Luddites really were, what they can teach us about... more

25 Feb 2021 · 55 minutes
Australia’s Plan to Make Tech Pay for News w/ Lizzie O’Shea

Paris Marx is joined by Lizzie O’Shea to discuss how Australia’s plan to make Google and Facebook pay news publishers... more

18 Feb 2021 · 45 minutes
How Indonesian Gig Workers Are Organizing w/ Rida Qadri

Paris Marx is joined by Rida Qadri to discuss how gig workers in Jakarta created networks of mutual aid in... more

11 Feb 2021 · 54 minutes
Amazon’s Vigorous Opposition to Unions w/ Lauren Kaori Gurley

Paris Marx is joined by Lauren Kaori Gurley to discuss how Amazon surveils workers to stop them from organizing, the... more

04 Feb 2021 · 41 minutes
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Paris Marx is joined by Jacob Silverman to discuss the implications of the recent NFT boom, the libertarian ideology that underpins crypto,... more