The Myth of the “Pinto memo” is Not a Hopeful Story for Our Time

A few of the issues I mention below were changed after I finished this post, when Wired “updated” the article on 10/20/21, but I think it is still worth examining the article as it originally came out on 10/14/21, so I have left my post as is.

If historians are going to make analogies in public, we need to do our homework, lest we lead readers astray and give them false understandings.

Last week fellow historian Mar Hicks published a piece in Wired titled “Facebook’s Fall From Grace Looks a Lot



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Lee Vinsel

I do technology studies, co-organize @The_Maintainers, and profess Science, Technology, and Society at Virginia Tech.