By now, the Amazon Prime store in Washington, D.C. is probably your favorite place to shop online, and if you’ve ever bought anything online, you know the experience can be frustrating.
But you might not have known it before.
Rob Enderle is now one of Recode Media’s senior digital journalists, and he has been writing about technology for more than a decade.
In that time, he’s interviewed tech executives, entrepreneurs, and policy makers in Washington.
In this week’s episode, he talks with Recode co-host Kara Swisher about what it’s like to live under the constant threat of online retail and the lessons he’s learned about how technology can empower people.
Recode: Rob, you’ve been doing this a lot longer than most people, and you’ve written about how Amazon Prime is a prime example of how technology has transformed the way consumers think about shopping.
But how much of your job as a reporter is actually doing the work of reporting?
What are some of the things you do in your job that you do more than anyone else?
Recode’s editor-in-chief, Kara Swartz, asked me the same question a couple weeks ago, and it’s a great one.
I think I’ve covered more technology coverage in the U.S. than anyone, and I think we’ve covered a lot more than that, too.
And I think it’s interesting to look at how technology is affecting our lives, and how we’re changing the way we interact with the world.
We’ve become very, very tech-savvy in our lives.
I’m a huge advocate for being tech-literate, because it’s the way you learn and grow.
And technology is so integral to our lives now.
I think we’re a lot better at thinking about the impact of technology on our lives and our lives in general.
And, to be clear, we’re doing more of that.
But we’re not at the stage where it’s something we can just say, We’re doing this, and then it’ll be over.
I mean, there are still some people who don’t understand it, and that’s OK.
They can say, Well, I have to pay my bills, I’ll go buy a computer and stuff, but I can’t just use it for entertainment.
We all have to figure out how we can do it without it becoming a distraction.
I’m actually glad that Amazon Prime has made the transition.
It’s an example of technology having an effect on our life, not just the shopping experience.
But I think the other thing I think is particularly interesting is that we’re also seeing the impact that technology has had on how people think about commerce and our relationship to the rest of the world and our world.
The people I’ve met in Washington are people who are deeply invested in Amazon Prime.
They’ve been with the company for a long time.
They are a bunch of really smart, passionate people.
They love what Amazon Prime offers.
And they are deeply worried about their financial futures.
And in a lot of ways, they’re not just frustrated by technology, but they are also just concerned that technology can disrupt their lives.
How are they going to survive?
And how can they be better informed and better connected to each other?
How much of what you write about in your reporting is actually happening?
We’ve been on the ground in the country for a few months, and we have a lot to report on.
But it’s not just how people are interacting with Amazon Prime and Amazon Web Services.
It also covers things like how they’re being served by Amazon, how they are being served online, how Amazon can offer a better experience, how it can do things like make shopping easier, how Prime can offer better services, how the Internet of Things is changing how people interact with each other.
We’re also going to talk about the role of the Internet in how we communicate, our relationship with our governments, how people have access to their digital lives.
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