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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    Anonymous Coward, 5 Feb 2019 @ 5:22pm

    I have to admit to a certain degree of incredulity when the guest said that Apple's supposed to be "the good guys." Once upon a time, sure, but at least since the release of the iPhone--for over a decade now--they've been firmly on the side of evil with their insanely strong stranglehold over the iOS ecosystem. They've gone far beyond the behavior that got Microsoft busted in their antitrust trial!

    Also, the bit about the Web starting out as a heavily decentralized system is a hopelessly naive myth that was never particularly true. I was in college in the late 90s when I made my first website, and even way back then, there were really only two real options: spend a ton of money (particularly from a starving student's perspective!) on setting up a server, and a business Internet account to run it... or get access from one of a very few providers that ran the server for you. So I used Geocities. Today, to do the same basic things, I'd probably use instead. Very little has actually changed in terms of the centralized availability of services.

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