Is there a connection between male dominance in ICT, and high-tech in general, and evolution of marriage? I don’t know for sure, but these two pieces make me wonder.
In Eliminating the Human, David Byrne presents his theory that (emphasis mine) “much recent tech development and innovation over the last decade or so has had an unspoken overarching agenda - it has been about facilitating the need for LESS human interaction.”
While reading that article, I got really stuck on this specific passage (emphasis mine, again):
“The point is not that making a world to accommodate oneself is bad, but that when one has as much power over the rest of the world as the tech sector does, over folks who don’t naturally share its worldview, then there is a risk of a strange imbalance. The tech world is predominantly male — very much so. Testosterone combined with a drive to eliminate as much interaction with real humans as possible—do the math, and there’s the future.”
The reason why I got stuck on that sentence is because I read it just hours after discovering that “People marrying themselves” is now a thing, to the point that:
“Now, the movement has gone global and companies are trying to capitalize. “Marry Yourself” in Canada offers consulting and wedding photography. There’s also IMarriedMe.com, launched by San Francisco man Jeffrey Levin. His site offers sologamy ceremony kits, which includes a wedding band, daily affirmation cards and vows.
Let me repeat: I am NOT sure of anything here. I just found myself wondering if and how much the second thing is proof of the first, and part of the future it is building.