2019 is the year tech couldn’t stop screwing up
As we close out the decade, we’ve been forced to give up our dream of a tech paradise.
The tech industry was riding high a decade ago: Facebook and Twitter were becoming vital tools for pro-democracy protesters
around the world, Apple’s iPhone was taking off, and a new class of start-ups like Uber appeared ready to change the world.
As we close out the 2010s, the love affair we all had with tech has definitely soured.
Social media may be helping connect people, but it’s also been twisted into a tool of propagandists aiming to upend our elections. It’s become home to serial harassers, who send out troll armies that threaten to rape and kill their perceived enemies. It’s become a hotbed of revenge porn and conspiracy theories. It’s the way mass murderers have livestreamed their terror.
But it wasn’t all Facebook, Twitter and YouTube screwing up. There was also Uber’s IPO, WeWork’s failures and MoviePass’ passing - among many fiascos.
As we prepare for 2020, here’s a look back, in no particular order, at the crazy year that was 2019.