Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd Mar 2008 10:18 UTC, submitted by marc anton
Apple "There are many tribes in the tech world: TiVo lovers, Blackberry addicts, Palm Treo fanatics, and people who exhibit unhealthy affection for their Roomba robotic vacuum cleaners. But there is no bigger tribe, and none more zealous, than fans of Apple, who are infamous for their sensitivity to slams, real or imagined, against the beloved company. "It's funny - even if I write a generally positive piece about Apple, I still get more complaints from Apple partisans" than from opponents, Mossberg says. He has even coined a term for the effect. "I call it the Doctrine of Insufficient Adulation."
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I'm not entirely sure it's apposite to compare Mac zealots with those who complain about "bias" in media reporting of the Israel/Palestinian dispute. There are organised gangs of letter-writers and emailers who periodically flood media outlets with complaint letters when they find a report which does not match the view they support, and they complain of bias when in fact they want the media to be biased in their favour. All those I know of who do this are on the pro-Israel side, by the way. Are there organised gangs of Mac freaks who bombard reporters with hostile emails whenever they detect a note of criticism in a review of an Apple product, or is it just individual Mac freaks being Mac freaks?

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