Michael S. Malone writes an excellent piece both about the way that trade journalism and PR work, and on the Think Secret cases in Apple Springs a Leak. I particularly enjoyed this bit:
Belying, or perhaps in congruence with, its revolutionary image, Apple has always been the most totalitarian of computer companies — far better epitomizing its legendary Mac Big Brother commercial than the IBM it targeted. It is the North Korea of the high tech world, forever willing to forgo even greater success to keep a tight grip on the throat of its market base. And like all totalitarian institutions, its true believers are as much in love with the idea of Apple as the messy reality of the actual company. As long as Apple keeps producing cool products — and indeed, it makes very cool products — the Macolytes will ignore (or worse, justify) the worst kind of behavior from the company and its Beloved Leader.
Very, very true.