Silicon Valley "Disruption" Isn’t That Transformative

Out of a longer piece on "disruption" in Silicon Valley.

Because, let’s face it, Silicon Valley technology in nearly all cases isn’t so transformative that it would simply replace the existing systems on its merits. Uber isn’t better than a good mass-transit system; Facebook isn’t better than actual friendship; YouTube videos aren’t better than quality entertainment; a neighborhood littered with Airbnbs isn’t better than a community-oriented one; a computerized learning plan isn’t better than a great teacher. They may be more efficient or easier to use or less expensive, but better? Not even close.

So it seems that in some ways, Silicon Valley disruption works against soft cities.