From Scripting News: 6/9/2005
It’s great that Scoble is getting into the media hacker thing. But we must draw the line somewhere. For example, Ben Hammersley is definitely not a media hacker. Maybe a media wanka, if that.
Some people just don’t get that there are two sides to every story. No doubt Hammersley thinks I’m a wanka too. He’s written as much, at least twice in The Guardian and maybe other places as well. He doesn’t come right out and say it, his editors would never let him do that, but the effect has been pretty nasty anyway. So by openly making it clear how I feel about this schmeggege (that’s Yiddish for wanka), I hope to prevent him from getting any more of these supposedly objective writing assignments. He can go fuck with someone else’s career using his employer’s ink if he wants to, if they’ll let him. Anyone who works for the Guardian or the BBC now surely knows he’s conflicted when it comes to this wanka.
Dave, it’s wanker. And yes, you are one. Dave, you constantly and persistently use your influence in the tech world to bully and berate those that don’t pay you enough homage. Where you get called on some outrageous claim or lie, you simple attempt to edit your mistakes out of existence by rewriting your posts to make yourself look better. And you make constant ad hominem attacks instead of attacking someone’s arguments.
In my book, that makes you a wanker, rather than Ben.
In Let’s forget about citizen journalism Neil McIntosh links to a perfect comment about so-called “Citizen Journalism”:
“News journalism requires a level of commitment that only the hardcore amateur news junky could muster. Taking a picture of an event you happen to be close to is not journalism. Let’s face it: new forms of independent journalism have and will continue to appear, but don’t expect a flurry of well-written and accurate on-the-scene reports from the public at large any time soon. Weblogs and flickr can complement traditional journalism, but they can’t supplant it.”
Doing News well is hard. Assuming that just anyone can do it well is as stupid as suggesting that just anyone can do any other craft well. It takes committment, time, experience and resources – all things that are in short supply.
Macworld posted a story over the weekend on Apple making big inroads in business with OS X. The initial version of the story implied that Apple’s market share in large businesses was up to 21% – a huge jump, given that it’s commonly thought Apple’s market share is around 2.5% and less in business.
I checked with Joe Wilcox, the analyst who was quoted in the story, and it turned out it was a misquote: 21% of larger companies have some Macs, which, given the Mac’s popularity in design and publishing, is no surprise. Although the story has been corrected, I think it’s still misleading. Take, for example, the following passage:
Mac OS X Server is also doing well with businesses. Nine percent of companies with 250 employees or more used Mac OS X Server, while 14 percent of companies with 10,000 employees or more used Apple’s Server software.
To the casual eye, I think that reads like they’re using it exclusively, which is of course wrong. Still, for 14% of 10,000+ employee companies to be using even one copy of OS X Server is good news for Apple.