Podcast ¦ Next In Queue: We’re a New Wave Band featuring David Powers

Access the full podcast series here Summary This podcast discusses the concept of "shitification," a term coined by Cory Doctorow to describe the lifecycle of online platforms. The cycle begins with the platform being great for users, but over time, as the platform monetizes, it becomes less user-friendly and starts to degrade in quality. Examples of platforms that have gone through this cycle include Uber, Reddit, Twitter, and Amazon. The discussion explores how the initial appeal and usefulness of these platforms were gradually eroded as they focused more on generating revenue. The podcast also raises the question of whether users would be willing to pay a subscription fee to avoid the negative effects of "shitification." Key Points The concept of "shitification" describes the lifecycle of online platforms. Platforms like Uber, Reddit, Twitter, and Amazon have all gone through the process of "shitification." "Shitification"...

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