“Pixel, iPhone 7, and grading on a curve”

iMore’s Rene Ritchie, linked by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber:

So, everyone who’d been criticizing Apple and iPhone design immediately called Google out for aping it?

Not so much.

Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this.

Surely they drew the line at Google’s 2016 flagship missing optical image stabilization -not just in the regular-size, but in the Plus XL model as well – stereo speakers, and water resistance – things that were pointed to last year as indicators Apple was falling behind?

Turns out, not deal-breakers either.

Except, every Pixel review did call Google out for this. Here’s a quick cut/paste image job I did yesterday, highlighting how Pixel reviews did, in fact, call out Google and the Pixel for the things Ritchie claims they are not calling them out for.

It’s almost like the Pixel is being graded on a curve.

When you’re as deeply enveloped in the Apple bubble as people like Rene Ritchie and John Gruber, reality inside the bubble starts folding in on itself. You sit deep inside your bubble, and when you look outwards, the curves and bends of the bubble’s surface twist and turn reality outside of the bubble into ever more grotesque and malformed versions of it.

Ever since the unveiling of the Pixel up to and including the reviews published yesterday, everybody in the technology media has been pointing out the exact same things Ritchie claims are not being pointed out. The amount of mental gymnastics and selective perception one must undertake – one could call such exercises flat-out lies – to claim that the major technology media is “against Apple” or “grading [the Pixel] on a curve” is so humongous that I honestly didn’t think it was realistically and humanly possible.

And I say this as someone who once got a flood of really nasty and angry emails because OSNews had not yet separated the FreeBSD category and its icon from the generic BSD category, so FreeBSD and Dragonfly BSD people alike were furious at me for putting a Dragonfly BSD story in the generic BSD category because it had a FreeBSD icon. I’ve been around the block when it comes to the kind of reality-warping, deeply idiotic bullshit the technology world can conjure up over absolutely nothing.

When I was 17, I went on a trip to Rome, the most beautiful city in the world. As I stood atop the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica, looking down upon the countless tourists swarming St. Peter’s Square, I realised how easy it would be to lose touch with the people down there if you spent most of your time up here.

The bubble is no different.


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