Silicon Valley Has A “Problem” Problem
Riva-Melissa Tez

This was an interesting read from a disability perspective. One of the interesting things about looking at the world through a disability lens is that “first world perks” (like grocery delivery via smartphone, for example) are revealed as critically valuable services for surviving disability in late capitalism. Many of the things disabled people need are conceived of as “privileges” and “perks.” Cleaning, prepared food delivery, grocery delivery, laundry service. In New Orleans, where I had limited access to friends/family to help, I used a San Francisco based startup for fresh grocery delivery (Good Eggs), Amazon Prime for household items, laundry wash-dry-fold service from a laundromat, and prepared food through an online food-delivery service.

In a way, I see some of these “perks” to help with a very real need that has arisen among people who have become too busy/overworked to connect communally to solve human problems of daily living.

How do we talk about “first world perks” like these without erasing disabled people or assuming that everyone has the same level of ability and need? What is a more inclusive perspective that could accommodate disability, across cultures? (Or simply accommodate the reality that non-disabled people are having trouble meeting some of their basic needs in this work culture and economic climate?)

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