Joe Rogan and former Big Tech veteran dish on ‘cult-like’ culture in Silicon Valley: ‘Legitimately mentally ill’

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Podcaster Joe Rogan recently had some harsh words for tech workers in Silicon Valley, California, blasting them for their “woke” activism.

In a recent interview on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” with former tech industry veteran Antonio García Martínez, who was an engineer at Apple and Facebook, Rogan slammed the tech industry workers as “mentally ill” for their activism against Martínez and others.

Martínez was fired after fellow workers petitioned for his removal, outraged over his autobiography, “Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley,” in which he mentions things like “women in the Valley are full of sh*t” and called one of his co-workers from India a “bored auto-rickshaw driver from Delhi.” Needless to say, this didn’t go over well with his colleagues, who called his writings “misogynistic.”

Rogan asked Martínez what it was like, working in a place like that:

“What is it like being in those companies? Like whether it’s Facebook or, you know, any sort of tech company. For someone from the outside, we look at it and say: ‘How are those f**king places run?'”

Before his guest could answer, however Rogan broke in to reminisce about another talk he’d had with a “good friend,” who Rogan said worked in a management position at Google before leaving for a different “large tech company.”

“…And the way she described it to me she’s like it is utter madness. And the lunatics are running the asylum to a certain extent. Because a lot of people that are inside the company that legitimately are mentally ill and they consider themselves activists. And they have to placate them, because there’s a certain percentage of the population of the people that work for the company, and they’re the loudest – and they oftentimes don’t get work done,” Rogan recalled of the conversation.

According to Rogan, his friend wound up giving her workers a dressing down, reminding them that they are employees at a business:

“You are here for X amount of hours per day. This is your f**king job. You’re not an activist,” the friend allegedly said.

When Martínez got a chance to reply to the initial question, he mentioned that part of the issue is companies encouraging their employees to “bring the real self to work.” Martínez then likened tech giants such as Facebook to something like “kind of like a cult,” where workers are indoctrinated to a “campus lifestyle” where “[the company] does your laundry for you” and “feed[s] you.”

“Facebook was a cult, and I joined it, and I was a happy member of it. It was very powerful. Everyone sacrificed themselves for the sake of the empire and its emperor,” Martínez told Rogan.

According to Martínez, he was “vaguely aware” that a sort of ideological bubble existed, but stayed on anyway, until publishing his book in 2016, which discussed his firing from Facebook in 2013, and raised the kerfuffle at Apple that led to him being axed.

Rogan has been an outspoken critic of big tech firms, and in particular, the power they wield to control discussions on their platforms, especially since his own controversy that resulted in Spotify yanking some of his episodes from their website after widespread pressure campaigns.


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