Gillmor Gang: Full pace forward


Twitter is shutting down Periscope, the video app it acquired a few years ago when Facebook Live threatened to overtake the field. When we stream the Gillmor Gang sessions, we send them to Facebook, Twitter, and an unlisted embed on YouTube. At one point we wanted to stream the sessions live on TechCrunch, but for now we are posting the edited version there.

In the weeks leading up to January 20, the live Telegram feed at was dominated by Trump's focus on reversing the election results. Any failed attempt to change the outcome will dilute Trump's influence as his Republican allies grapple with his threats and Twitter anger. In just a few weeks, the mechanics of vaccine distribution has overwhelmed political history as people start calculating the number of days until they can get access to the drug. What is Trump doing in 2024? Who cares.

Pardons are also losing traction as a White House staff jockey for vaccine access. With a few weeks until the New Year and a sprint to Biden's installation, the cable networks are retooling to evaluate the feed in the new normal. Tech companies rejig their real estate and tax implications when the home office is in a work from anywhere environment.

The obstruction of the Georgia special election will fill most of the cable news schedule through January 6th. Regardless of what happens in the Senate, the real action shifts to corporate and economic needs to help the pandemic through behavior related to masks, distancing, real testing and contact tracing to isolate the pockets of virus resistance to herd immunity. While government mandates are difficult to install at the national level, corporate requirements are more likely to succeed.

In the second week of streaming realignment, there are some talent setbacks from major film directors. It recalls last year's brief Spielberg attack on Netflix and Oscar politics. This year the Oscars are losing credibility. There is still a long way to go before the Best Picture category is fully streamed, but the audience out there is in no rush to see Dune on the big screen. As with voting, facts are a lagging indicator. The switch to streaming does not happen when, but when.

It's less certain when I'll update to the next iPhone. Part of the problem is competition for mindshare with the M1 MacBooks. Instead of one device that I don't need, there are two. It's clearly a one percent mental crisis on the surface, but underneath there is a serious debate about what we should do when the twin viruses recede. The phone is the new MTV, Star Trek communicator and Get SmartShoe rolled into one. The laptop is a different story, a bold harmonization of the service suite across the desktop and mobile platforms.

The new phone offers iterative advancements – a better camera, 5G support, and a bigger battery. M1 is driving software upswing on all Apple devices, bringing professional video editing and post-production tools to a customer base that is seriously threatening Windows and Intel as the dominant platform for a post-pandemic economy. Those who still pay for the last generation MacBook Pro 16 will hold out, but the resistance will wear off. Switching to Apple Silicon doesn't happen when, but when.

Still, I have no reason to buy one. I have to do it anyway.

By the way, I'll pretend I'm funding the M1 by reducing my newsletter subscriptions. Smart writers like Ben & # 39; s Stratechery and Evans are behind the paywall of their shiny new newsletters that trade for revenue. Then a few weeks later the very special long-form pieces appear, with which they justified the subscription costs. It's the newsletter version of the Hollywood window system that Jason Kilar and WarnerMedia blew up with HBO Max.

This piece by Ben Thompson is a mix of form. There are lots of quotes from his Daily Pay newsletter mixed in with less methodical but smoother semi-ideas that actually get me to sign up. Like this:

On the flip side, the more likely people who see other parts of the world in ways other than their own are nearby, to the extent that social networks allow people to identify themselves in all the different ways to be who they want. However, it is crucial that, unlike Facebook or Twitter, this announcement takes place in a trusting environment that promotes understanding and not attitude.

This is M1 lining, I'll name it. Lost in the lockdown miasm of the social network, but somehow transcendent from the big fish in a small pond dilemma in which the newsletter ecosystem derails. $ 10 a month times 3 or 4 adds up to real money that I'm not going to pass on to Cupertino or Disney + or Whatever +. But a bunch of cooperating newsletters promoting a certain type of work and rounding up useful data on a strategically influential audience – you can bet.

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