As well as capturing enduring gender anxieties, the Theranos story is also a reflection of the technological zeitgeist. Gibney believes Holmes was so successful because of Silicon Valley’s “fetishisation of the entrepreneur”. Holmes’s entire persona, after all, seems to have been an exercise in myth-making. She dropped out of college, like Mark Zuckerberg. She borrowed Steve Jobs’s trademark black turtleneck and bizarre eating habits. She faked a deep baritone to make herself more authoritative. If you were to come up with a piece of performance art reflecting our expectations of “tech geniuses”, you could not have done a better job than Holmes. What an incredibly scary thought.
But the questions kept coming back to Russia, and to the ways that its bad behavior was really all Hillary Clinton’s fault. He mocked her for having travelled to Russia, when she was Secretary of State, with a red plastic “Reset” button as a prop. “There’s no reset button,” Trump said. “We’re either going to get along or we’re not.” He was talking about Putin. But watching Trump on Wednesday was a reminder that, after an ugly campaign, there are no reset buttons to be found at Trump Tower, either, not even ones painted gold. And in nine days Trump moves into the White House.
Some fine tone while at the same time summarizing the highlights.