Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Sep 2012 21:21 UTC
In the News Pretty scummy stuff by Samsung, this. The company apologised, but what it shows is just how warped tech reporting and blogging really is. Websites are dependent on review items, early access, and press invites, and we really have no idea just how much this influences reporting. Do you really think that reviewers and bloggers who are too critical will get invited to the next product unveil in Cupertino or will get early access to the next Galaxy device? If so, I have a palace to sell you.
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It happens
by jessesmith on Tue 4th Sep 2012 01:58 UTC
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I write reviews in a few places and it certainly is true companies and organizations will stop doing business with you if they don't like your reviews. Now this article shows an extreme example, but reviewers have to be aware that the company isn't sending you stuff and granting interviews because they like you, they are doing it to further their own goals. Once a writer has shown they will offer an unfavorable opinion the company will move on to find someone else who will play ball. Companies that used to seek me out for reviews and interviews now refuse to take my calls and one company even has an employee that will spam the comments section of my reviews when I write about their products.

A reviewer can either be liked or they can be honest. It is rare that a writer can be both, unless they only write about products they really enjoy.

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