Complex Roundtable: The Most Fascinating Tech Stories of 2012

The Anti-Gizmo Rant

The biggest tech story of the year, and the most important, is no doubt the various investigations into labor conditions at Foxconn (especially those done by the New York Times). In the same way stories on Big Food put doubts into Americans' minds about what we eat and where it comes from, those pieces changed the way (or should have changed the way) Americans think about where our gadgets come from. But my favorite? I've said it before and I'll say it again: The most interesting tech story of the year wasn't a big scoop, nor was it a particular kind of movement, but an anti-technology rant from Sam Biddle at Gizmodo. It perfectly captured all of the personal frustrations I have when I look at the landscape of technology: We don't need any of this shit, it's stupid, tech obsessives are stupid, and the sense of self-seriousness about these gadgets is the absolute stupidest. Especially resonant was the point about tablet computers, which I've been saying for years: They're luxury items, and until they get much cheaper (even cheaper than they are now), they're not going to matter, and we shouldn't buy into them. More than a fun read, it was straight-up cathartic, and it should come on the back of every tech product sold that costs more than $50, in the same way warning labels come on cigarettes, screaming to potential buyers: This thing is bullshit, just so you know. Foster Kamer, Complex (@weareyourfek)

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