Seven Theses on Technology and the US Economy

Lee Vinsel
The Startup
Published in
7 min readJan 25, 2021

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Over the past five years, including while writing The Innovation Delusion with Andy Russell, I have been reading a number of works that paint a similar picture of technology and the economy in the United States. Yet often they aren’t in conversation together, I decided to write this post, structured as seven interrelated theses, synthesizing the picture as I see it today with the hope that it will be useful to others.

1. The 1950s-1970s — An Extraordinary Time

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Lee Vinsel
The Startup

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