Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Oct 2011 22:37 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Considering the polarising topic of software patents and related IP litigation is coming up a lot lately, I felt the need to write a few words on this thing called 'bias'. This word is being thrown around a lot, but I get the feeling many people are unclear as to what, exactly, it means. Because contrary to popular opinion, there's nothing wrong with being being biased. In fact, there's no such thing as unbiased blogging (or even unbiased journalism).
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RE: the problem
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 09:20 UTC in reply to "the problem"
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The problem I have with many of your posts is that you simply pick and choose some random article that supports your position on an issue, you wrap it in vitriol, and you present it as fact and any counter argument is met with abject hostility.

You also make no effort to show ANY respect to any opposing opinions, you frequently denigrate other journalists and bloggers, and you make personal attacks against your readers in response to perfectly legitimate comments.

This is, of course, provably nonsense. If I really were as hostile and evil as you make it out to be, OSNews wouldn't be filled to the brim with people who disagree with me.

If someone's an Apple fanatic, I see absolutely zero reason not to simply say so. There's nothing wrong about being called a 'fanatic' - it's not a negative label at all. It just means you're enthusiastic about something, a fan of something. You can call me a Metro fanatic or BeOS fanatic or Windows NT fanatic or microkernel fanatic every time of the day. I don't care.

I also don't think someone like lemur2 would object to being labelled a KDE or open source fanatic - it's a very apt description of the kinds of views that he holds. It's not a negative judgement at all. It seems like only a small number of Apple fanatics take issue with being labelled fanatics - well, that's your problem, not mine.

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