Linked by David Adams on Wed 7th Jul 2010 19:09 UTC
Apple A Forbes article notices that while the iPad's reception from the public and the mainstream press has been overwhelmingly positive, the prevailing sentiment among some alpha geeks has been negative to the extreme. The conclusion, of course, is that these people aren't reacting to what the iPad is, but rather what it represents: a violation of the ethos of the personal computer. The author of the Forbes article concludes that much of the anti-iPad vitriol is hyperbole, and doesn't help advance the cause. It's a thought-provoking question.
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Again?
by emerson999 on Wed 7th Jul 2010 20:14 UTC
emerson999
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2007-12-08

People actually get paid to write things like that? Christ, that would make an ok but annoying strawman post on a message board. But I'd have assumed forbes would have a more strict policy. That's almost a picture perfect example of how not to objectively look at something. He comes to a conclusion, cherry picks emotional arguments against it while ignoring well made ones, and then calls anyone who disagrees a nerd.

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RE: Again?
by fretinator on Wed 7th Jul 2010 20:31 in reply to "Again?"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

Journalism 1950:
Who, What, Where, When, Why, How

Journalism 2010:
WWW, Hits

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RE[2]: Again?
by _xmv on Wed 7th Jul 2010 21:38 in reply to "RE: Again?"
_xmv Member since:
2008-12-09

Journalism 1950:
Who, What, Where, When, Why, How

Journalism 2010:
WWW, Hits

so true.

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RE[2]: Again?
by adkilla on Thu 8th Jul 2010 02:54 in reply to "RE: Again?"
adkilla Member since:
2005-07-07

Don't forget sex and violence.

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RE[2]: Again?
by Damnshock on Thu 8th Jul 2010 11:24 in reply to "RE: Again?"
Damnshock Member since:
2006-09-15

Journalism 1950:
Who, What, Where, When, Why, How

Journalism 2010:
WWW, Hits


And who's fault is that? It's not the journalists but ours ;)

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RE[2]: Again?
by Tuishimi on Thu 8th Jul 2010 20:15 in reply to "RE: Again?"
Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Amen! I'd mod you up but I already commented.

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RE: Again?
by jaklumen on Thu 8th Jul 2010 16:39 in reply to "Again?"
jaklumen Member since:
2010-02-09

Repeating what I said earlier. Combined with blogging journalism, I know that Forbes magazine has been more concerned about subjects of profit, and such formats just make it worse, although they have really been that way for years.

It's not the idle rich that have the great tech (and Forbes DOES write to a very affluent audience); it's more the working class folk. This has been written about in other tech media sectors (home audio, etc.) before, by other authors.

I don't think geeks/nerds are getting that. The almighty buck will not always pay for geek idealism or ideology. Corporate backing is fueling some segments of Linux and open source development.

Techies/grunts and management are usually in pretty separate worlds-- paradigms, behaviors, working styles, etc., etc., etc. I've learned that well enough at the office.

Y'all are preaching to the choir here because I can assure you Forbes ain't listening.

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