As suggested by Isabel, let’s have a thread to exchange ideas for future Restart Radio shows.
Watching the very weird The Rise and Fall of Nokia (not one mention of iconic phones such as the 7650 or of Symbian) and listening to Marcin Wichary (BTW if we ever plan another episode on keyboards he would make for an interesting guest) made me want to listen to a podcast looking into the relationship between the devices’ users and the devices’ creators.
There’s a very touching moment at the end of the Nokia documentary about a woman explaining how every time she still uses some old Nokia phone she remember her engineer friends who designed its aerial. Marcin was explaining that his book on typewriter and keyboard is not really a technical book but looking more at the people behind such devices. There was also a few years back the story of photographs of some factory workers still present on some iPhones. In the garment industry, apparently some workers have sewn some messages in some brand garments. Of course this could also involve concerns about the ethics of mining (Coltan mining).
Do some users think of the people involved in the design, creating and manufacturing of the devices they use? If so, how? Which users tend to think of this and which one are just interested in consuming. There are lots of potential angles with this.