Recorded on Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Goodness comes in increments.
This week, Charlie and John struggle to find a piece of Chinese news that’s as compelling as Wang Lijun’s supposed defection attempt.
However, it seems that they’ve finally agreed to disagree about something. We all know that agreement is boring. Episode 7 is not boring (if you disagree, that’s still a win for us, ‘cuz that means you actually listened!)
They discuss the merits and demerits of the Chinese and US systems as well as the futility when it comes to comparing two very different political/cultural constructs. Also, (going completely outside their purview or supposed expertise) they discuss the Syria situation and whether intervention would be a good thing.
Thanks for listening. Let us know what you think. And don’t forget to tell your friends how wrong we are.
Chinese characteristics vs US democracy
Apple V Proview
Artman Talks 20: Apple V Proview with Stan Abrams
Occupy the Men’s Room
Recorded on Feb 15, 2012.
This week, the two punks take a look at Apple vs Everyone, but in particular how they treat their people, what they do about it, and the so-far invincibility of their stock price even as they may lose the right to sell iPads in China.
We also do what we do best: make unfounded speculations. This time around we speculate about Xiaomi becoming a major player in Chinese handsets, the most recent drama surrounding Wang Lijun (not much, but exciting nonetheless), Linsanity, and the relationship between traditional TV and online viewing.
And it turns out that John’s unfounded speculation about Youku having an inside track in releasing mobile client for Paike, their user generated platform, was vindicated with SARFT’s announcement earlier today that they will regulate Internet and mobile TV.
Apple Vs The World
NY Times: In China, Human Costs Are Built Into an iPad
Does Apple Really Care About Factory Workers? (by Charlie for Penn-Olson)
MIC Gadget: Apple fights back on iPad TM rejection in China
Reuters: Proview says any ban of iPad exports hard to impose
Reuters: More Chinese Cities Halt iPad orders
the Beijinger: iPad, is this the end?
Sweatshop (flash game)
SARFT and Crappy TV
After almost a month of silence, the two punks are back with their bad mouths and over-generalizations.
In this episode, Charlie and John catch up after a period of involuntary silence to talk about Startup Asia, Wang Lijun, Xiaomi, as well as the gut-wrenching Spring Festival and accompanied headache-inducing Festival Gala on CCTV, et al.
Background and follow-up links:
Wang Lijun and his possible defection to the US: