By Samuel Brase – And yet, none of these pieces meaningfully examines, among other things, Amazon’s ongoing labor issues, social media’s unresolved privacy concerns, or the potential consequences of the two mingling.
Given that companies live off data, it’s unlikely that they do things like this just for sales. As a result, it’s important to investigate what’s being left out of the narrative—and what these omissions might reveal about the state (or at least priorities) of tech journalism.
Across the board, these outlets treat Amazon more as a friendly helper than as a company; it merely exists, barely noticed and ever useful.
TechCrunch, for instance, says that “Amazon is clearly warming up to social partnerships,” as if it’s a hermit emerging from seclusion.
CNet describes how the plan “lets you search for items on Amazon,” as if, in 2018, this sort of online shopping is novel.
In the Verge’s account, Amazon is merely a benefactor, “giving Snap some money for every product sold.”
Forbes says that the company “is becoming the de facto destination of sorts for product-related searches,” a mall of the future.
Axios hardly mentions Amazon except as a place to “search for products.”
The Los Angeles Times found an analyst who says that “Amazon makes decisions really based on the data that you put in front of them,” just a rational actor working from simple spreadsheets. more>