Welcome to the luminous
Silicon Valley, California.
I'll show you how to embrace it.
Hello. I am Nima.
Researcher/Writer - Silicon Valley + STS
My name is Nima Moinpour and my mission is to raise geographic and historical awareness about San Jose and the Santa Clara valley area, and in effect enhance people's knowledge about Silicon Valley as the actant of technology culture.
I studied at UCLA and then lived and studied in New York, and received my M.A. in Media Studies at The New School in Manhattan.
Passionate about technology and history, I returned to Silicon Valley to work in tech (Google Maps, Facebook Mentions, and other content startups) and I have dedicated several local studies and place-identity research projects, including my Master's thesis, to Silicon Valley and San Jose.
San Jose & Silicon Valley have a luminous story. I know the geography and history and have first-hand experience relocating here as an immigrant. With that said, I am excited to share my knowledge and connections to help you orient yourself regarding Silicon Valley as a place and a source of technology culture.
B.A. UCLA. Analytical Philosophy
M.A. The New School of New York
Media & Urban Environments
This book promises to enable you to find out more about the core sources for technology in Silicon Valley.
SILICON VALLEY SIGNALS: TECHNOLOGICAL ENTHUSIASM & THE TIMES (A MEDIA ARCHEOLOGY INQUIRY)
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How might we account for the effectivity of Silicon Valley? How has Silicon Valley arrived at this point in its development?
There is an aura of mystery about Silicon Valley’s origins. Both as a place and a culture, Silicon Valley speaks loudly in our civilization today. This research investigates what influences and tendencies potentialized Silicon Valley to become the capital of media technology culture. I had a hunch that there was close traction between the geographical setting and the technology present in this locale, and by exploring the infrastructures of culture and technology I attempt to illuminate this point.
Companies such as Apple, Hewlett Packard, and Intel compose part of the legend that Silicon Valley has become. But the roots of that legend extend further in time and geography. Others have approached the same questions and have noted its industrial roots. My contention is the modern economic and cultural phenomenon of Silicon Valley crystallized because of its local geomorphology. This contributed to its historical and material conditions for such unfolding.
This thesis will distinguish itself from others not just by connecting geography to technical developments, but also by exploring the epistemological disposition that Silicon Valley inherited. By addressing the research questions through methods and concepts derived from Media Archeology, I argue that the manifold inter-involvements of geomorphology and technical enthusiasm account for the force of Silicon Valley in media history and culture.