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It started with books. Today, Amazon is transforming virtually every facet of the American consumer economy. Prime(d) explores what happened when Amazon set up shop in Seattle, what might be in store for its next headquarters, and how this iconic company is changing life as we know it.

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It started with books. Today, Amazon is transforming virtually every facet of the American consumer economy. Prime(d) explores what happened when Amazon set up shop in Seattle, what might be in store for its next headquarters, and how this iconic company is changing life as we know it.

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4.5 out of 5
107 Ratings

107 Ratings

fuqueewe ,

Excellent commentary on Amazon’s next steps

I have been listening from the beginning, since I’m in Seattle, and anything Amazon does impacts my life. The episodes are smart, balanced, and revealing. They are journalists, and have access to Amazon and many other important thought leaders for comments and background. And because they are focused on Amazon, the podcast often reveals upcoming moves or strategies long before the MSM even has a clue. If you are interested in Amazon, or just hearing more about the business of technology, this one is a must for your playlist.

ray210 ,

To them, everything Amazon does is "concerning."

It has bits of interesting details about Amazon here and there, but after a few episodes, you kind of feel like a loser, listening to the two hosts whining about everything Amazon does. It's like everything has a surveillance/privacy concern and/or a racial and economic justice concern. They're big on asking how new technology and operations/logistics innovations from Amazon *could* be used in biased ways: intolerance against the homeless, gentrification, Islamophobia, racism, etc. I don't think they've come up with an angle related to bias against the nonbinary gendered, but I wouldn't be surprised if they're brainstorming on that. They're just so desperate to find some angle to say, in essence, that Amazon is committing LITERAL VIOLENCE against every fashionable interest group. 😂

It's like "Code Switch," but every social justice concern is related to Amazon.

But by the end of season two, they seem to be having trouble finding things to criticize: they're now talking about Amazon's patent applications, and what "concerns" the innovations therein *may* pose. Purely speculative pessimism. Weak.

The tone is so entitled: "Yeah, Amazon is making money from [whatever it is they're complaining about this week], but what benefit does it provide civil society, innumerable interest groups, and *me*? How does it make *me* feel (invariably insecure, paranoid, and "concerned")? What dangers could it pose to the [X, Y, and Z] communities? How is it biased?"

To them, technology is primarily racist, and dehumanizing, exacerbating economic inequality and degrading social interactions. It's such a downer that after a while you ask yourself if they're goofing on the audience — whether this is just trolling/podcast performance art.

But they're probably not joking. They actually see things that way. It's kind of sad.

rkkuhn ,

Addicting

Started listening a month ago and every week I can’t wait till the next episode comes out. This is a great must listen podcast. I am rethinking how Amazon works and my relationship to Amazon.

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