When Apple Fans Go Crazy
Farhad Manjoo, excerpting his new book "True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society," on overzealous Mac fans:
Last year, I praised the iPhone in something of the way Romeo once praised Juliet: The device, I said, is revolutionary -- "it marks a new way of life. One day we'll all have iPhones, or things that aim to do what this first one does, and your life will be better for it." But because I'd concluded that the phone was, at the time, too expensive to keep (this was before Apple cut the price), several readers alleged that I was an Apple hater. For instance: "Does Salon actually pay you or are you being paid under the table by rival companies?"
David Pogue, the New York Times' tech critic, gets much the same response. In 2005, he wrote a quite positive review of Apple's iPod Nano. His only problem with the music player was that, per gigabyte of music-storage space, the Nano was more expensive than the iPod Mini it replaced. Also, at the time, it wasn't available in multiple colors. These small slights prompted Apple fans to ask Pogue, among other things, whether he was happy "licking Bill Gates' balls."
I believe this is changing, thank God, as a lessening percentage of Mac users represent those persecuted stalwarts who kept the company going even when their computer were actually pretty crappy. And PC users have gotten more mellow over the years, finally conceding that the Mac can be a perfectly decent computing platform.
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