This came out the other day: https://components.one/posts/the-new-pornographers-tech-reviews
"This report argues that consumer technology reviewers have failed their basic nominal purpose of critiquing tools. Instead, inspired by values introduced by Apple in the late 1990s, the tech review industry prioritizes aesthetic lust as the primary critical factor for evaluating objects. The reification of these values in their scoring system is transmitted to consumers and manufacturers alike. Like other prurient things, the objects designed within this paradigm are optimized not for usefulness but for photogenic and telegenic properties, a framework that finds its fullest realization in YouTube reviews and unboxing videos. There, even the intimation of critical rigor within tech reviewing vanishes, the smartphone becomes the center of gravity, and manufacturers are even further incentivized to design products for end consumers who are less users than viewers."
this pattern of exploiting base human reactions in product design is not digital tech only: an example at hand is car design. over time it has degenerated towards oversized, scary looking monstrosities, pressumably because that sense of dominating the road is a key emotional button to press...
@liaizon @robertwgehl @rysiek @rra "Hurst's recommendations can at times verge on Luddism — his recommended phone is the Light Phone, a black-and-white app-less device whose most powerful messaging tool is SMS, a product that can't be sincerely recommended to any member of society in 2021."
I think the Luddites probably have more in common with this "right to repair" idea than clinging to "old" (??) technologies for their own sake. Also, I don't have a phone at all so I guess I'm not a member..
The people who had technical chops and who could write were replaced by English majors who don’t know how anything works. Since they don’t know the technical side, and don’t have a drive to understand it, they fall back to superficial details. The same way mainstream consumers do.
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