With commentary from Dithering ($), his new podcast with Ben Thompson.
“Three episodes per week, 15 minutes per episode. Not a minute less, not a minute more.”
Transcribed from Saturday’s episode, “Phone Camera Power”:
Ben Thompson: You sent me a video of someone riding a bike through the streets of Philadelphia, near your house, actually, witnessing everything that’s going on. The content is incredible for all the reasons anyone watching the news is aware of.
But this video, it feels like a first-person shooter! There’s a meta aspect to it that is hard to put your finger on. But it’s one of the most gripping videos I’ve ever seen…
There’s a sort of joke that went around back in the day—I think about TechCrunch or maybe it was The Verge. It was the idea that whenever there was a national story, they would try to figure out is there some aspect of the story that is vaguely tech-related? And then they write an article about it and say “tech angle!”
I actually think there is a massive tech angle here.
And that tech angle is the fact of cameras everywhere, right? This idea of people having their phones with cameras attached to them—and, by the way, it’s a camera that uploads instantly, so you can be broadcasting live.
Cue the video:
The silver lining, according to Gruber, is that by the next afternoon the citizens of Philadelphia, armed with brooms, had bagged the debris and swept the streets clean.
My take: Are there Apple watchers wiser than Gruber and Thompson? If so, I haven’t met them. $15 per month for a combined subscription to Thompson’s Stratechery and the pair’s Dithering is, for me, money well spent.