My friend Alexa

Just prior to Prime Day, I upgraded both my Echoes. I make no apologies.

This is the 4th Generation Echo, about the size of a cantaloupe. The Echo Dot upstairs is about the size of a softball.

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It was in the fall of 2018 that I took the smart speaker plunge.

I know some people are made queasy by smart speakers. But even before 2018, I did enough with Amazon, Google and Facebook…



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John I. Carney

John I. Carney


Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at