do forgive me for posting so much of Solnit's work recently, but she is on a roll describing the upheavals that we are facing in the industrial world these days.
Solnit has written of the Google protests throughout and describes what is really at stake in the quote below and in the link. This piece was a response to a badly researched criticism of one of her original pieces.
I’m seeing the town that gave birth to the Sierra Club and Rainforest Action Network and seminal movements for human rights, a town that produced great insurrection and antiwar activism and idealism and new social ideas, become a place where you can’t afford to live unless you’re doing something incredibly lucrative and time-consuming—and probably involving technology corporations.
A young human rights activist is not so likely to be able to afford to live here, or a nurse’s aide, or a baker, and so the biodiversity of the city is being laid waste, and in its place springs up a monocrop of technology workers. If this continues, the contributions San Francisco has given the world will not be given any more.
Rebecca Solnit: Resisting Monoculture - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics