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[3]: From my point of view
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 14:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: From my point of view"
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

Your point is valid, but I think you misunderstand how, say, Ars Technica works.

First, Ars Technica is owned by a large company. They have loads of money, and because of this, they retain a large staff of writers. This in turn allows specific people to focus on specific subjects, thus becoming knowledgeable in said subjects (Ars also hires people specifically because of their knowledge). So, they have two people (at least) covering nothing but Apple. They have one guy doing nothing but Microsoft. They have one guy doing nothing but open source/Linux related stuff.

On top of that, they have the money to hire several 3rd party writers to write top-notch stuff. Since Ars' parent company also owns Wired, articles by Wires also appear on Ars, further increasing the site's workforce.

We have nothing of the sort. I have to do everything, and thus, I have to be a jack of all trades, master of none - and I get blasted when I make some obscure mistake in some obscure topic somewhere. Or, I get complains when we don't cover topic Xyz as in-depth as Ars does.

The comparison simply isn't fair.

I'd *love* for OSNews to have the kind of financial resources Ars has, so we could hire additional writers and editors, so I wouldn't have to cover such an immense variety of topics. In fact, and I'm not being arrogant here (well okay, a little bit), but there aren't a whole lot of people capable of covering the wide variety of topics OSNews covers, day in, day out the way that I do. I've been doing this for over six years now, and I'm still learning.

If we had that kind of money, we would be able to have specific writers capable of focussing on specific topics. We'd have a wide variety of opinions plastered over the front page, more items, which would be moe in-depth because the writers in question would only have to focus on one topic.

In the meantime, I would be able to focus on my own preferred topics, and just become one of several writers. Of course, I'd also want to be the one managing the site's news stream as a whole (David does the actual management), simply because of my experience.

I'd love for OSNews to be like that. In fact, as you can discern from the detail in which I describe it, it's somewhat of a dream of mine. However, money don't grow on trees, advertising dun make you rich, and as such, we'll just have to make do.

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RE[4]: From my point of view
by bowkota on Tue 25th Oct 2011 19:05 in reply to "RE[3]: From my point of view"
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

I think we both understand each others' views and I'll give you credit for writing this article even though you didn't really have to.

There's plenty of Google/MS/Apple fans out there right now so you'll always get some backlash depending on what you write.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I think we both understand each others' views and I'll give you credit for writing this article even though you didn't really have to.


Exactly - in fact, I think we agree with one another. We're both saying OSNews needs more depth - and there's no denying that's the case. There's a limited number of topics I can offer this depth on, but of course, OSNews would benefit greatly from more writers with more intimate knowledge on a wide variety of topics. Sadly, writers don't grow on trees - and writers willing to put up with public scrutiny like you get here on OSN are even less easy to find.

There's plenty of Google/MS/Apple fans out there right now so you'll always get some backlash depending on what you write.


Definitely true. It's just the way things are.

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