What does it take to get a break from technology? Technology (sometimes). It’s not entirely strange; decompressing on a rainy day or when time is limited can use the aid of hardware to make the livin’ easy. Techxiety, remember, revolves a great deal around the intangibles that were previously private unto us that software is exploiting. So a look at hardware undoing some of that stress also seems a fitting revenge.
In an exercise of putting the shoe on the other foot, a haphazard talk at what one might do to keep Amazon out of the witch hunt fires brought on by cries of “Monopoly!” Certainly those trials are coming, but could ducking the charges or appeasing the torch-bearers be as simple as out-zigging and out-zagging the other thinkers? It’s what Amazon has always done and to the reward of billions. Siding with the big guy isn’t an easy experiment but wouldn’t it be interesting if what saved us from the size and reach of Amazon were another, different threat to the future? What if it were some kind of A.I. that came to the rescue?
Deeply related to RETAIL in the news items whether online or by brick and mortar is the current chapter of beloved bookseller Barnes&Noble. Its throes litter the tech and economic sections of the paper. Lessons can be learned by other retail news (Amazon and Walmart for example) if B&N is to stay bright. If it can’t or doesn’t, modern trends and retro crazes it could cater too will instead fuel the replacements small enough to react.
Not even the thrill of an inaugural podcast could dampen the professional writing of articles I turned to in this episode to support the underlying theme of Snakebite Cafe – people gotta know. You can know and do nothing or you can know and just do for yourself but the main way to know would be for the news media to wise up and remember that tech life is now human life; it belongs prominently in human interest stories, not stuck in geek corners and treated as pariah behavior.