We all know about the monetary cost of streaming media, but what does it cost the planet?
If you have been following my blog and its associated Lounge Ruminator podcast, then you may recall an episode that I uploaded on 16 August 2020: ’39. International Mac Nerds with Special Guests Andrew Canion and Jason Burk’. This shared, extended audio rumination became the pilot for Hemispheric Views, a fortnightly podcast that I now co-host and -produce with these two great friends.
Since that time, we’ve added more to the hemispheric experience, including social accounts, a dedicated blog, stickers, t-shirts and a public Discord group where listeners can discuss topics from the show and their collective interests.
In the last week, Andrew, Jason and I launched the next chapter in our podcast universe: a Patreon site under the name Hemispheric Views One Prime Plus! The Patreon site includes three tiers with a range of exclusive options for members, including a bonus monthly One Prime Plus podcast, a monthly Hemispheric News PDF newsletter, listeners suggestions and more.
Of course, to represent this new membership and associated podcast, Jason came up with this hilarious, new artwork.
I’m really proud of our combined effort in creating and maintaining this show. I love recording it twice a month and am thrilled that we can create even more for the listeners who want it. My podcasting began with my ongoing research project for university and I never expected this kind of extended creative practice or even to make friends in the process.
We’re tech enthusiasts—and all white men, at that—but our interests and talents differ and we never take ourselves too seriously. I believe that this has enabled us to produce a show that is more fun, varied and light-hearted than most tech podcasts. Although we cover some elements of news, you can easily dip in and out of episodes without much care for the order, as we share a range of stories and personal experiences that aren’t all time-bound.
In this episode, I offer a quick critique on Apple’s power as a ‘vectoralist’ of information, drawing on Kara Swisher’s recent interview of CEO Tim Cook and the work of scholar McKenzie Wark.
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Links and Show Notes
- Hmmmm… that was a longer gap between episodes than I had planned!
Apple as Vectoralist 00:47
- ‘Is Apple’s Privacy Push Facebook’s Existential Threat?’ on Sway with Kara Swisher — New York Times
- Apple‘s dedicated site for data and privacy
- ‘How Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency policy works’ — Ars Technica
- ‘The Tim Cook Interview’ on Dithering — Twitter video excerpt
- ‘Curation‘ definitions at Lexico (Oxford English Dictionary)
- McKenzie Wark
- Capital Is Dead: Is this Something Worse? (2019) by McKenzie Wark — Verso (links to book and explanatory clips)
- Means of production
- Rupert Murdoch