Digital platforms, the websites and apps which compete for our precious screen time, have successfully invaded the traditional territory of many sectors of the “old economy”. They have become the preferred – expected, even – domains for many kinds of human behaviour, from banking and property buying, to dating and entertainment.
This comes up every time Amazon’s Kindle turns up with anything new: Most of Stuff would get rid of… pretty much all the other tech before giving up our Kindles. And now there’s something for the little ones to enjoy — there’s a new Kindle Kid’s Edition on the way.
With the rise of internet juggernauts Google, Facebook, Amazon and others, this insight seems obvious now. But over the past two decades, a fundamentally new business model emerged which even Castells had not foreseen – one in which attracting users onto digital platforms takes precedence over everything else, including what the user might say, do, or buy on that platform.
Move over Optimus Prime, here come… Amazon Prime? Yeah, that’s not a typo, though Amazon’s newest little transformer doesn’t do anything quite as spectacular as morphing from a truck into a robot and kicking Megatron in the er… bolts.
A blue moon, if you’re being technically correct (the best kind of correct), is the second full moon to appear in a single calendar month. A Blue Moon, though, is the lunar lander unveiled by Amazon head and Blue Origin founder, Jeff Bezos.
A sister company of Google, Alphabet’s Wing Aviation, just got federal approval to start using drones for commercial delivery. Amazon’s own drone-delivery program is ready to launch as well. As drones take flight, the world is about to get a lot louder – as if neighborhoods were filled with leaf blowers, lawn mowers and chainsaws.
First SpaceX, and now Amazon plans to send 3,236 satellites into low earth orbit in a bid to beam internet to humans on the ground.
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