Rather than proceed with the typical rundown of this week's show, I'd like to instead share my enthusiasm for the current (and somewhat newfound) trajectory of Bionic.
Roughly three and a half months ago, Myke and I kicked off Bionic by focusing purely upon the Android ecosystem — the topic in which we found the genesis for the concept behind the show. The focus at the time fell upon the general aesthetic and practical differences between iOS and Android, and the confusion, teething issues, and problems therein.
As well-entrenched Apple users, this concept provided for an enjoyable venture into an otherwise unknown environment. Delving into a new app ecosystem, differing designs, and an altogether unfamiliar world of customization, Myke and I began the show with an overarching sentiment of intrigue and deep-seated contextual ignorance.
More recently, however, as our understandings have broadened, the show has undergone a palpable shift in tone, content, and demeanor.
Moving away from the cosmetic discussion of Android devices, we've lately found ourselves focusing upon the psychology, philosophy, and methodology belying the modern technology industry today. Examining the broader contextual market, Myke and I have taken long looks at Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, appraising the psyche of the consumers, developers, and corporations within each sphere.
Perhaps the shift has been subtle for our listeners but, for me, as a relative novice in the podcasting world, the tonal change has been of enormous significance. And I couldn't be more excited about it.
When Myke and I first discussed our various expectations for the show, I had quietly hoped we might one day slip into the place Bionic now occupies. In an environment characterized by polarized opinion and so-called "fanboyism," our 30-45 minute show provides a much-needed moment of respite. Rather than re-hashing tired stereotypes and ill-fitting stigmas about competing ecosystems, devices, and design paradigms, we instead seek to intellectualize and dissect these topics in novel new ways.
That's not to say that we're universally successful in these attempts — in fact it often feels like me just ranting about industries and sexy cruises — but I'd be lying if I said I didn't think we were discussing something of fundamental and much-needed importance to the technology community.
Of course, as is suggested by the show's name, it was conceived as an Android-centric podcast. And, while this does, indeed, constitute much of our focus, I'm beginning to consider the name in a different way. That is, rather than simply discussing comparative ecosystems between iOS and Android, I'm beginning to consider Bionic as a medium through which Myke and I might discuss the place, significance, and consequences of technology, business, and software ecosystems in our lives today and in the future.
We're not discussing technology as an external agent, but more as an inescapable and necessary element of our lives. And that, as much as it may sound belabored, is an exciting, fun, and enjoyable thing to discuss.
For those that may've been alienated by the show's initial focus upon Android, I highly suggest checking out one or two of our latest episodes. I think you might find something of relevance, no matter how you might feel about the competitive landscape in the technology industry.