Are the Verge Crew too US Centric?
I was thinking about this the other day when Josh was going on about whether Apple should shift jobs from China to the US with a resulting increase in price for the Apple products. Sitting here in Yorkshire it seemed a rather odd proposal. This was just one example of a larger problem.
For instance Carriers and Mobile phones. Carriers are essentially nobodies in the rest of the world. All phones are handled by all carriers and the only question the consumer has to make is who gives the best coverage in your area and the best deal. This talk of AT&T phones and Verizon phones seems contrived, because it is. The worst thing was before Verizon got the iPhone, AT&T issues were portrayed as iPhone shortcomings. The iPhone was working fine for the rest of us.
It is noticeable too when there is talk of Blackberry and Nokia. The Verge portrays Blackberrys as Enterprise phones. True enough in the US and Canada, but in the rest of the world it is a consumer phone. Think of a Blackberry in England and you think of teenagers and BBM. Blackberry had the best selling Smartphone here in 2011. On the other hand Enterprise here has used Nokia for years. Josh seems to have an inkling of this when he has attended Mobile World Congress events in the past and everyone had an E Series Nokia.
The Verge Crew portrays Windows Phone 7 as a hit, when in fact it has been a miss. Reality check. Nokia has seen its profits and market share tumble since it jumped in bed with Microsoft.
It's not just the Verge that suffers from this US centred view of the universe. You hear it on Tech News Today and even more so on Buzz Out Loud.
The US may be a very important place and a very nice place, but the rest of the world isn't a reflection of the US. It's a very different place. The Verge Crew need to keep this in mind in their podcasting and in their stories.