Peter Kafka: The Apple Revolution (podcast)

From “This Changes Everything: Land of the Giants” posted last week by ReCode Meda:

From its beginnings as a niche personal computer company, Apple became the preeminent maker of consumer tech products, a cultural trendsetter, and the most valuable company in the world. And along the way, it changed the way we live.

Hosted by Recode’s Peter Kafka. New episodes come out on Wednesdays starting September 22nd.

My take: A familiar story, but Kafka tells it well. Full episode here.


  1. Jerry Doyle said:
    Little doubt the iPhone is the cultural trendsetter for the early 21st century. That fact is indisputable. This revelation is the same as previously with the introduction of the wheel, the printing press, the telegraph, the first telephone and the automobile. Eventually a new cultural evolution trendsetter will usurp the iPhone as the iPhone did the printing press, the cord and cordless phones, the need for printed books, magazines and encyclopedias.

    The quote by Tony Fadell that “one shouldn’t get high on their own supply” led into a section of the podcast that aligned Apple’s iPhone with the contemporary cynicism with that of Facebook. That is ludicrous. So a month after Toni wrote his “Wired” news article Apple introduced “Screen Time.” Apple addressed a potential problem with its device that Facebook never sincerely attempted to address with its app.

    So, what would life be like “without an iPhone?” Lucy Adams is being dishonest with herself when she claims that she is doing without her iPhone. She is imposing herself on her friends, relatives, acquaintances and even complete strangers asking them to use their devices to gather information Ms. Adams gathered previously on her iPhone before discarding it. As Tony Fadell stated, don’t blame the refrigerator if you do not keep healthy, nutritious food in the fridge and you constantly are living inside of the refrigerator.

    The iPhone is a device that does what its user demands. You can use the iPhone for judicious activities that enhances your activities of daily living or you can misuse the device for imprudent activities that diminish or even denigrate your activities of daily living including personal health.

    September 28, 2021
  2. Bart Yee said:
    I really enjoyed the bulk of the podcast episode, well told with touches of candor and humor. Nice comfy style of exposition.

    Maybe for people who want to eschew carrying an iPhone or iPad, there could be kiosks around town where you could, for a small or moderate fee, use the device for 5-10 minutes to get your task done without the temptation of “overuse”. I mean it’s the least you can do to compensate others for your inconvenience.

    I think these used to be called pay phones, Internet cafes, and public libraries.

    September 29, 2021
  3. Gregg Thurman said:
    I took issue with the commenter assertion that Apple “exploited” workers to manufacture, well, anything. Apple was not the first in China. But it was first to establish employee relation standards that it’s suppliers had to conform to. Apple was the first to establish environmental standards and helped its suppliers adhere to them.

    The living standard in China is rising rapidly, helped along by Apple’s leadership.

    September 29, 2021

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