In his New York Times column on Sunday (2/15), Thomas Friedman lavished praise on Silicon Valley. He’d spent 48 hours visiting some of the region’s hottest companies, including Box, Airbnb, and Google. This left Friedman gushing, “What they all have in common is they wake up every day and ask: ‘What are the biggest trends in the world, and how do I best invent/reinvent my business to thrive from them?’ They’re fixated on creating abundance, not redividing scarcity, and they respect no limits on imagination.”
It was American innovation boosterism at its finest, and while I’m a big fan of American innovation (and Friedman, for that matter), he still had me scratching my head just a little at the histrionics.
Two days later I chanced upon a Valleywag column by Sam Biddle in which he had the same impression I had, though more strongly felt. (See Thomas Friedman Visited Silicon Valley and Is Wrong About Everything.)