Same 90-minute rant every week... forever
I hope ATP returns to its former greatness, but my previously favorite podcast has become one I'm OK skipping if the week is busy.There are 3 great hosts making great points on a great range of topics that interest me—tech stuff and crazy tangents alike!(Apparently the alt-right got its feelings hurt by some comment that was made, but I can’t for the life of me think what it was. Politics come up very rarely, very briefly, and very reasonably on this show. So reviewers here complaining that the show’s politics aren’t far enough to the right must be fragile folks indeed. Does it really hurt so much to briefly hear viewpoints different from your own?)But... this past couple of years, the show has devolved into the SAME endless, rambling, doom-and-gloom, emotion-laden rant over and over, with little islands of other discussion here and there.The cherry-picking and confirmation bias in this show have reached the point of self-parody—perhaps reflecting the larger world. Strip away the emotion-based assumptions and inability to step back and have an open mind that your pet peeves are not universal, and the podcast would last 5 minutes. Evidence of Apple doing anything good is cast aside or damned with faint praise. Evidence of them doing horrible dire evil is shaped from thin air and turned into endless whining. And when other ammo runs out, they pontificate on what MIGHT be done wrong in future, then twists it to be a near certainty! All evidence points to the pre-determined conclusion, and counter-evidence gets the briefest, dissmissive lip-servive or cannot even be admitted. This is cherry-picking ranting at its finest, and they don't even realize the bubble they exist in.This is a shame, because some of the problems touched on ARE real, even if they're less extreme or more nuanced than the rants. And when you bury real factors in a tidal wave of emotional thinking—and then do the SAME thing next week, and the week after, forver—you lose the persuasiveness that would make your point and even foster change.If anyone at Apple listens to these rants, the ATP crew is making it very easy to dismiss their concerns. That’s a real loss to the tech world. It wasn’t always like this.Please, less cherry-picking, less outpouring of random rambling rage, and more good old fashioned logic! Shades of gray EXIST. And when you've vented your rage once—fair enough!—lay off and talk about something else. Go punch some pillows or something, instead of seizing any excuse to get on the exact same soap box and say the same old things year after year. Endlessly repeating the black-and-white awfulness of all things Apple is a waste of all our time.Tip: if your podcast sounds like anti-fanfiction, inventing scenarios and motives that tell a narrative you’ve gotten stuck festering in your brain, you may need to re-evaluate. Trim it down to facts, add some what-ifs that are BOTH positive and negative, then don't repeat them at length weekly. And when history shows you to have been wrong or over-reacting, take the bitter pill and adjust your stance. We'd respect you for it, and the logical complaints that remain would shine through all the more clearly.And if you really feel complaining is all you have in you, complain about a wider variety of things. Once you’ve discussed a certain Apple flaw 10 times, look for a new one: you’ll find something, and we’ll all be happy to listen to it.Much like the hosts’ disappointment in Apple, my disappointment in ATP stems from wanting to love this show again. Help me out here!
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