'Apple's Mistake' was Ben Thompson's 5th most viewed post of 2021

From "The Stratechery Year in Review" posted Monday:

The five most-viewed articles on Stratechery according to page views (some links behind the paywall):

    1. Clubhouse’s Inevitability — I was very bullish on Clubhouse; unfortunately, it looks like I got this one completely wrong. I admitted to my error and explained my thinking in this Update.
    2. The Relentless Jeff Bezos — Jeff Bezos is retiring, and will go down as one of the great CEO’s in tech history, in part because of how he transformed Amazon into a tech company in every respect.
    3. Intel Problems — Intel is in much more danger than its profits suggest; the problems are a long time in the making, and the solution is to split up the company. See also, Intel Unleashed, Gelsinger on Intel, IDM 2.0 and Intel vs. TSMC, How Samsung and TSMC Won, MAD Chips.
    4. Internet 3.0 and the Beginning of (Tech) History — The actions taken by Big Tech have a resonance that goes beyond the context of domestic U.S. politics. Even if they were right, they will still push the world to Internet 3.0.
    5. Apple’s Mistake — While it’s possible to understand Apple’s motivations behind its decision to enable on-device scanning, the company had a better way to satisfy its societal obligations while preserving user privacy. See also, Apple Versus Governments, Apple’s Legitimate Privacy Claims, Privacy and Paranoia, Apple’s Point-of-View, NFTs and Status, NFTs and Standard Formats, and Facebook Messenger Updates, WhatsApp vs. Apple, Facebook’s CSAM Approach.

My take: Plenty of critics weighed in on Apple's plan to filter for CSAM (Child Sexual Abuse Material), but none more thoughtfully than the ever thoughtful and loquacious Ben Thompson.

You can find previous years here: 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013


  1. Kirk DeBernardi said:
    lo·​qua·​cious | \ lō-ˈkwā-shəs \
    Definition of loquacious
    1 : full of excessive talk : WORDY
    2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : GARRULOUS

    Good points that can easily get “lost in the sauce”.

    “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
    — Leonardo da Vinci

    December 21, 2021
    • Tom Farris said:
      Don’t forget the ever colorful: VERBOSE

      December 21, 2021

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