Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2012 17:55 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Let this be a lesson. After posts by John Gruber and Shawn King, this happened to Violet Blue. "The misinformation gave a significant number of people fuel to stalk me, attack me for hours at a time, malign, insult me in disgusting ways, threaten me with weapon-specific violent death (an axe), and lead social media attempts to force me to lose my job over the matter. Many referenced John Gruber, and/or his post as they did this. Plans were openly made to make media to attack me - another Angry Mac Bastards podcast." Disgusting story, and sadly enough, this isn't the first time this has happened, as Blue notes in her article. I don't like talking about these matters (you don't want to know the kind of crap that gets thrown my way at times), but I can assure you my inbox has seen its share of pure vitriol after Gruber links to an OSNews piece. It ain't pretty.
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macUser
Member since:
2006-12-15

I have different view of people that buy apple products:
- Spoiled kids who heard that iThings are the best
- Mediocre people who are desperate to get noticed, they keep flaunting their iThings and keep spreading iEvangelism
- An occasional normal/sane person who gets attracted by shiny design (btw this is the area where iThings are good at)
- A geek wannabe (I know one personaly)


Of course, you're better than those chumps! Of course if I had the same opinion of you for using brand X, I'd be a frothing idiot fanboi!

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Shkaba Member since:
2006-06-22

Of course, you're better than those chumps! Of course if I had the same opinion of you for using brand X, I'd be a frothing idiot fanboi!


You may indeed call me a fanboi! I am a staunch supporter of linux. I donate my time and money (modestly) for the cause. What you and most people do not seem to get, is that, when it comes to oss it is a philosophy that we support, not a brand. A valiant idea of software being free and accesible, and not identifying with a shiny plastic/aluminium gadget.

Of course I am *better*

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macUser Member since:
2006-12-15

" Of course, you're better than those chumps! Of course if I had the same opinion of you for using brand X, I'd be a frothing idiot fanboi!


You may indeed call me a fanboi! I am a staunch supporter of linux. I donate my time and money (modestly) for the cause. What you and most people do not seem to get, is that, when it comes to oss it is a philosophy that we support, not a brand. A valiant idea of software being free and accesible, and not identifying with a shiny plastic/aluminium gadget.

Of course I am *better*
"

See, you're making the classic mistake. You're not better, you're just bigoted.

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r_a_trip Member since:
2005-07-06

Of course, you're better than those chumps! Of course if I had the same opinion of you for using brand X, I'd be a frothing idiot fanboi!

Generalizations are not reality, but generalizations do contain a kernel of (distorted) truth. The generalization about Apple users takes the worst attributes of part of the iCrowd and condenses it into a grotesque charicature.

There are probably millions of Apple customers silently enjoying their Apple kit and going about their own business. It's the iFan crowd, the group that latches on too desperately to the Apple marketing message of "hip, cool, different", who portray the worst kind of behavior.

Any time a person with a lack of selfworth and a craving for acknowledgement tries to escape that horrid condition by substituting selfworth and personality with external possesions, you end up with an unbearable, vapid idiot. It's not exclusively connected to Apple or electronics. It also manifests itself in clothing, cars, sporting goods, etc.

Maybe you've never encountered them, but they all roughly have the same M.O. The < insert item X of brand Y here > is so much better than < insert item A of brand B here >. I couldn't do without. It really changed my life. Maybe you should get one too! All the while waving the "magical" thingamajig in your face and forcing attention on it. They have to do that, because the assumed "magic" is contained in the thing and not the person. The vapid idiot hopes that some of the magic will be associated to him/her by virtue of owning it.

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