In the shadow of Silicon Valley, poverty

Summary:Technology is riding higher than ever in the U.S. tech hub. Next door? Tent cities.


The economic impact of the technology industry is massive, but there are clearly a few ill side effects.

Like the shrinking wages of Chinese factory workers, for example. The corresponding loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. The environmental hazards of using rare earth elements in virtually every piece of electronic hardware. And, apparently, the massive gaps between the haves and the have-nots in Silicon Valley itself.

A new video report from Moyers and Company shows the contrast between wealth and poverty in San Jose, Calif., based on an Associated Press report by Martha Mendoza published last month. Among the people they talk to: Daniel Garcia, who became homeless after losing his job in a Google campus restaurant, and Teresa Frigge, a homeless woman who used to make silicon chips.

Here's the segment:

This is certainly not the usual tech industry news we at ZDNet write about, but I found it compelling enough to share. (Certainly as compelling as reports about the working conditions of a Foxconn factory.) Perhaps you will, too.

Topics: Tech Industry


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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