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The Star of HBO’s Hit Show “Silicon Valley” Sounds Off on the Tech Industry and Explains Why Start-ups Share a Delusional Need to Believe They’re Changing the World

SAN FRANCISCO – Nov. 15, 2016 – CNET Magazine, the quarterly publication from the world’s leading source of technology news and reviews, features comedian T.J. Miller on the cover of its winter issue. Available on newsstands beginning today, Miller’s interview is also accompanied by an online version and video Q&A at

Best known for his role as tech entrepreneur Erlich Bachman on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and as Deadpool’s best friend, Weasel, in the superantihero movie franchise, Miller tells CNET Magazine why he thinks that the tech industry is in a bubble that’s about to pop and why Silicon Valley needs to get a sense of humor. The stand-up comedian, who will take another star turn as the voice of a young emoji in the computer-animated film, “Emojimovie: Express Yourself,” also discusses Silicon Valley’s phoniness as well as the superpower he thinks could help Deadpool.

I consider everybody who takes themselves seriously to be a little bit off,” says Miller, who over the summer kicked off a 20-stop stand-up tour ahead of his HBO comedy special. “And Silicon Valley seems to be the most effusive about how important their contributions are to society…Our big joke in the show is making the world a better place. Really? How? How does Lyft help people in India? They don’t have a sense a humor. That’s the problem. We’ve got a huge problem here in that the industry that should take itself the least seriously is not. I look at anything Silicon Valley-related with sort of a smirk.”

The new issue of CNET Magazine also features a winter buyer’s guide with 61 excellent gift ideas, just in time for the holiday shopping season. From tiny drones that fit into the palm of a hand to chic wireless speakers fashioned from organic glasses, CNET breaks down this year’s most coveted tech products.

CNET Magazine delivers an award-winning combination of storytelling, graphic design, photography and how-to’s. Other highlights include:

  • In “Can the Rhino Be Saved?,” CNET takes an in-depth look at how scientists, conservationists and tech companies are working to stop poachers from killing rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.

  • The tech industry is the source of great wealth in San Francisco, but can it help the city’s least fortunate? In “Tech and the City,” CNET examines if tech can help solve San Francisco’s homelessness problem.

  • CNET catches up with actor Dan Fogler, star in the Harry Potter spinoff movie, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” who shares his thoughts on the new film and technology’s role in creating special effects.

  • CNET editor Dan Ackerman provides an excerpt from his new book, The Tetris Effect, who explains how this simple game from the Soviet Union became a global phenomenon.

The magazine offers in-depth tech coverage in our four main sections: “You,” “Your Home,” “Your Ride” and “Your Work.”

  • In “You,” CNET takes a look at if an app can help fight Alzheimer’s, how robot bartenders and virtual reality play areas are some of the newest tech on cruise ships and how to pick the best music service.

  • Your Home” explains if America is ready for at-home sous vide devices, offers tips in upgrading home technology and looks at the growing demand for vinyl records.

  • Your Ride” takes a look at some of the latest products to help cyclists go faster while staying safe, Silicon Valley’s mission to Mars and how tablets are helping pilots plan their flights.

  • Your Work” weighs the pros and cons of Airbnb for business travel, how to shop online and stay secure and how independent local tech repair shops are serving their communities by going where big retail chains aren’t located.

The Winter 2016 issue of CNET Magazine is available now through major retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart and Hudson News. Readers can also listen to CNET Magazine on and peruse the digital version via Texture. Subscriptions are available online at

CNET Magazine is edited by editor-in-chief Lindsey Turrentine and CNET News editor-in-chief Connie Guglielmo. Courtney Cochrane, CNET’s global vice president of media sales, serves as publisher. The magazine was launched in November 2014 in collaboration with Manifest, the nation’s largest independent content marketing agency. CNET Magazine was recently awarded a Folio Eddie Award for Best Consumer Technology Magazine and a Folio Ozzie Award for Best New Magazine Design.

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