Wil Gomez echoes my thoughts exactly on what is happening to communication in the 21st century.
My Mac, iPhone, and iPad have FaceTime, Skype, Mail, Messages, WhatsApp, Line, Twitter, Facebook, and a dozen other apps which slice and dice society in various and sundry groups of people; human circles that may or may not but mostly do not overlap. Line is big in Asia. WhatsApp is big in Europe. FaceTime is great. For Apple’s customers. Skype covers almost everything but nobody seems to have it running all the time (“Text me, and we can setup a Skype call“). Our PC friends use Skype. Our Mac friends use FaceTime. Our iPhone and iPad friends use Messages, but have half a dozen or more apps or social networks they’re logged into all the time.
The conclusion and a question?
Apple has come down on the side of personal privacy which sets it apart from Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, and the company’s main products seem to be able to connect to any stream of consciousness coming from the right or left, or right of the right, or left of the left, which, frankly, only exacerbates the communication fragmentation problem. Yes, it’s not Apple’s job to be the application police (despite the company’s walled garden Disneyesque approach to certifying apps on App Stores) but I long to see a media outlet that focuses on fact vs. sensationalizing fiction. If Trump can jockey himself into an alt-right position for a future Trump TV, why can’t Apple become the voice of reason, sanity, and fact presenter of media? I submit my vote for a purely centrist Apple Streaming Television network.