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Does Hollywood Secretly Hate Silicon Valley?

Does Hollywood Secretly Hate Silicon Valley?

You’d think that Hollywood and Silicon Valley should and would be as thick as thieves. Maybe that’s the wrong way to put it — no, it’s just about right.

I read an interesting blog post by MG Siegler in which he cites all of the examples in which Hollywood paints a decidedly negative portrait of technology.…

It is a fair point.

When was the last time that a major movie or television program hailed technology as a hero? Does Hollywood secretly resent or outright hate the tech leaders because they have usurped movie icons as the hottest societal rock stars of the 21st century?

When the movies profile a great innovator, he usually looks like a geek, a guy who couldn’t get a date to the senior prom, so he had ample time in the basement to change the world through a mind-blowing invention. Why couldn’t the film instead depict him as a savior — even a geek savior?

It will be interesting to examine exactly how Hollywood treats the legacy of Steve Jobs, the Thomas Edison of our time.

Walter Isaacson’s excellent biography of Jobs, who died in October 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer for many years, was unflinching in its reporting of the man’s life, ideals and accomplishments. While Isaacson didn’t cover up Jobs’ warts, the book was largely positive — as it should have been. On balance, Steve Jobs seems to have accomplished a lot more good than bad. He changed society forever — and how many people can we say that about?

Maybe Jobs’ legacy will be captured correctly when Hollywood examines his life. Let’s hope so.

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