Palantir Technologies, where they put the Bro in Big Brother.
Palantir is a big data start-up co-founded by Peter Thiel and backed by the CIA that just raised $58 million at a $9 billion pre-money valuation to help them scale up their massive surveillance tools.
They still let you wear flip flops to work, so it’s cool.
The hedgehog in the conference room symbolizes the convenient, ethically liberating truism that American management teaches the corporate rank and file: focus on your hyper-specialized task, and don’t worry about other stuff. It will make you a more productive worker—and keep you from looking at the big picture.
The fusion of the pseudo-liberation of 90s start-up culture with big data mass surveillance on behalf of monolithic government agencies devoted to post-GWOT order and control is sinister and hilarious all at the same time.
You are being watched over by twentysomething computer handlers who can be bought with foosball, free sodas and easily approved car loans.