Techdirt Podcast Episode 198: Life Without The Tech Giants

from the experimentation dept

One of the most common responses to various complaints about giant tech companies is that you can just not use their products and services. Many people have pointed out just how difficult that would really be, but Gizmodo's Kashmir Hill decided to try it for real: she cut Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple out of her life for a week each, followed by a week without any of them. Her report on that final, empty week is coming out soon, but in the mean time she joins us on the podcast to talk about what it's like to live without big tech.

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Filed Under: kashmir hill, podcast, technology
Companies: amazon, apple, facebook, google, microsoft

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    Mason Wheeler (profile), 7 Feb 2019 @ 9:15am


    One other thing I forgot to mention. The talk about the effects of the Microsoft antitrust trial felt a bit weird, because I remember hearing on a podcast sometime in the last few months (and I'm pretty sure it was this one, because I don't listen to any other podcasts that cover this sort of subject matter!) when the guest talked about the effects of that trial, and one of the things he said was that Microsoft's first reaction to the then-nascent Google was "we should crush them," but they refrained from acting on that impulse specifically because of the painful lessons they had learned from the antitrust trial. It's not an exaggeration to say that without that, we would not have had the Web as we know it today.

    Sometimes, every once in a while, a "chilling effect" turns out to actually be a good thing!

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