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The ludicrous lingo of HBO's 'Silicon Valley'

Original post made on Apr 22, 2014

It was announced this Monday that "Silicon Valley," the Mike Judge-helmed HBO sitcom filmed in and around Palo Alto, has been green lit for a second season by its parent network. Deservedly so. Here are the top five most meaningless, nonsensical or downright ridiculous examples of techspeak from the show's first three episodes.



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Posted by SV Native
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

As both a native of Palo Alto and a long-term member of the high-tech community (both start-ups and large corporations), I found the pilot episode somewhat entertaining but annoyed/bored by the high-school humor. Silicon Valley nerds provide plenty of fodder for comic humor without making them all seem like high school losers. Less stupidity and more intellectual humor could make this show really great.

I only saw the pilot (we don't get HBO so won't see the other episodes, and the pilot did not incite me to pay more to get HBO) but I did notice the lack of women among the primary characters. Unfortunately, this series promotes the male-dominated stereotype of the tech community, which is incredibly harmful to very intelligent and qualified women. While I am not typically on the "equality bandwagon," it just jumped out at me in this pilot episode - possibly because of the stupid-humor rather than intellectual-humor.

Include women and make the humor more intellectual and you may have a winner in Silicon Valley!

Aside from a (very) little fun tech-humor, this show is devoid of any value


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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 23, 2014 at 12:44 am

@SV Native: I was so bored with the first show that I could not even sit through it till the end. But the second show was hilarious! You made a mistake by judging by the first episode. There aren't as many women in the tech world so it's realistic. Why should they make it unrealistic by throwing in women to appease the feminists?

I loved the acting of Christopher Evan Welch, aka Peter Gregory! A shame he died last December. Web Link


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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 23, 2014 at 12:56 am

Web Link Christopher Evan Welch

The acting is superb: Web Link


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Posted by Hate these shows
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

What I most dislike about these programs, other than the moronic dialogue, is the fact that they all make it look as if people in Silicon Valley never really work, and spend a lot of time either getting venture capital or partying and getting drunk/stoned.

They never show the real facts-- people working 60-80 hours per week, living on coffee, sleeping under their desks. kids who never know their parents, etc


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 23, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Been here over 30 years, as both a engineering employee and founder in over half a dozen companies large and small. I think it's very funny and entertaining.

Obviously, it's not a documentary. But the show captures some of the same goofy moments I've seen, particularly in the last few years. Lot's of hardworking brilliant people with no social skills - as well as people with massive amounts of money operating without a clue.

The show does an especially good job of showing the meanness and pettiness that's part of everyday life here. Nobody in the show seems capable of seeing anyone else's perspective, which is spot on here in Palo Alto.


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Posted by humor me
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 23, 2014 at 2:21 pm

"Include women and make the humor more intellectual and you may have a winner in Silicon Valley!"

You mean, both of them?


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Posted by SV Native
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 26, 2014 at 8:48 pm

@Palo Alto Native:

"You made a mistake by judging by the first episode."

As I said, I don't have HBOso the first episode is all I have to go on. Maybe the producers should have put their best foot forward with the pilot that aired for everyone.

"There aren't as many women in the tech world so it's realistic.

Sorry, but the ratio of women in tech is ridiculously higher than what is represented in the pilot episode of this show, which only serves to further the male-dominated view that folks like you have.

"Why should they make it unrealistic by throwing in women to appease the feminists?"

It wouldn't be to appease feminists (oh, those pesky women!) it would be to reflect REALITY.

Anyone under 100 years old should know better.


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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Sparty is a registered user.

"Sorry, but the ratio of women in tech is ridiculously higher than what is represented in the pilot episode of this show, which only serves to further the male-dominated view that folks like you have. "

Bloggers don't count


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