Journalism studies scholars:

Do you have any recommended articles examining how journalists cover technology? Not how journalists *use* technology, but about the "technology beat"?

@robertwgehl

This came out the other day: components.one/posts/the-new-p

"This report argues that consumer technology reviewers have failed their basic nominal purpose of critiquing tools. Instead, inspired by values introduced by Apple in the late 1990s, the tech review industry prioritizes aesthetic lust as the primary critical factor for evaluating objects. The reification of these values in their scoring system is transmitted to consumers and manufacturers alike. Like other prurient things, the objects designed within this paradigm are optimized not for usefulness but for photogenic and telegenic properties, a framework that finds its fullest realization in YouTube reviews and unboxing videos. There, even the intimation of critical rigor within tech reviewing vanishes, the smartphone becomes the center of gravity, and manufacturers are even further incentivized to design products for end consumers who are less users than viewers."

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@rra @robertwgehl This follows the larger shift in tech becoming mainstream, and manufacturers chasing marketshare made up of mainstream users.

The people who had technical chops and who could write were replaced by English majors who don’t know how anything works. Since they don’t know the technical side, and don’t have a drive to understand it, they fall back to superficial details. The same way mainstream consumers do.

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