I began listening to tech podcasts a few years ago. I found TWIT podcasts and was hooked on those for sure, but I continue to listen to others. So my comments here are across the board, not just for TWIT shows.
Over the course of the past year, my interest in tech podcasts has waned. This doesn’t have anything to do with the quality of the shows, rather the absence of talk and information about the new capabilities of hardware or software that most of us use, or the new programs put out by companies like Google.
The biggest problem is there are fewer and fewer new hardware upgrades. I remember the days of discussions of new photo or file capabilities of phones. Or how a phone could work seamlessly with other tech hardware. I miss Google coming up with programs like Google+, which could be discussed for hours.
Unfortunately, phones have hit a technological wall, and new capabilities are few and far between. There is far less excitement over new phones because of this. And the chasm between basic models and “pro” models seems to have created a sort of class system, with the pro users as the haves, and those who buy the non-“flagship” phones the have-nots.
And companies like Google are becoming less inclined to create new programs that many people can use.
So what seems to be going on on tech shows is more specialized discussions that often have far less broad base appeal to the average listener. Face it, most people can’t afford crypto currency or even understand it. Yet lots of time is given to discussing it. The financial aspects of tech companies is also a target of tech shows. When talk goes to the billions that these companies make, and that they are in a court fight with this or that company, it’s hard for the average person to sympathize, or even be interested in such astronomical amounts of money.
Also, we hear more and more about products that are financially out of reach of most of us, or tools the average person will never, ever need. A camera that iJustine uses that costs tens of thousands is something 90% of us will never use or afford.
When I listen to Leo’s weekend shows, I hear the types of things the average person finds useful. Which computer is right for them, what to do when this or that goes wrong with their phones, or what is the best router system for their situation.
This is not a condemnation of tech shows. There are only so many shows you can do about basic stuff, but conversely, how many times do we need to hear about BitCoin or Apple’s fight with gaming companies?
We can’t go back, and there is really not much tech shows can do. I just fear that some of my favorite shows will fade away, as topics of conversation becomes so specialized that I’m shut out just due to my lack of interest in more tech specific topics, and less interest in the casual tech user, who is just trying to make their basic tech work for them on a day to day basis.
Please don’t see this as a rant or complaining. I’m just wondering if I’m alone in finding fewer topics that are useful to the average person.