The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

July 2, 2007

A Commentary Lapse of Reason

Filed under: Culture, Technology — Tags: , — Brian Lutz @ 2:56 am

As I mentioned briefly in my iPhone post, one of my major stumbling blocks with Apple products has to do with the inherent fanaticism of many of their users.  With the release of the iPhone and the massive tidal wave of hype that has accompanied it, the Apple users have been whipped into a froth.  In my opinion, it remains to be seen whether all of the hype is truly justified (If you haven’t already, see my previous post for my first impressions from messing around with a demo unit) but regardless of the actual merits of the product itself, it seems that the hype, from both the users and Apple itself, isn’t going away anytime soon.

As an example, I will point to this thread over at Engadget, which deals with a PDA phone with absolutely no connection to the iPhone.  For the most part, the discussion remains on the topic at hand, but as seems to be the case with most threads on anything over there lately, a number of users have to throw in “why bother, just get an iPhone” comments.  Other comments serve no useful purpose at all besides hurling insults at nobody in particular.  The comment ranking  system that Engadget employs (such as it is) shows most of the iPhone comments ranked down significantly, with a couple of the higher ranked comments being ad hominem attacks directed at the iPhone comments.  Repeat this scenario 30-40 times a day, and you’ve got a typical gadget blog. (more…)

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