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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    JoeCool (profile), 5 Feb 2019 @ 5:42pm

    Shopping nightmare

    Without the "giants", shopping would be problematical. Example: I have a certain kind of cup soup I like that my local stores quit carrying about four months ago. Rather than drive further and further hoping SOMEONE still has it, I checked online. Now I buy it on the net. If you don't at least have a search engine, how are you supposed to find online sellers with the product you're looking for?

    Back in the bad old days before search engines, and even before the internet, you were just screwed. If a local store quit carrying something, you drove longer distances to get it, or you did without it. When I was a kid, we'd sometimes (once every few months or so) all pile into the station wagon and drive three hours to get to a city large enough to have some of the rarer items we wanted. We'd then buy enough to hopefully last until the next major trip. And they want us to go back to that? Screw them sideways!


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