The Macalope Weekly: Issues

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What part of "You chose to upgrade to iOS 6!" aren't you understanding?

Behavior like this may seem minor and inconsequential.

Because it is.

This is just unconscionable...


And it's just plain not right.


Koetsier seems like the kind of guy who gets really upset when all-you-can-eat restaurants put a limit on how many shrimp you can take at one time.

Note: I did ask Apple for comment on this story, but I have not yet received a reply.

Oh, no, they did reply. You just couldn't hear them rolling their eyes.

Saturday Special: Don't look back in anger

Yesterday was the first anniversary of Steve Jobs's death, but the Macalope doesn't want to talk about Steve Jobs.

Well, more accurately, he doesn't want to write about Steve Jobs. He said his piece at the time and the art of pundit takedowns never felt so joyless and laborious.

People wonder why the Macalope does what he does. It's not just because he's got a bad case of "Someone is wrong on the Internet!" He does have that, obviously, but he also feels that to say nothing is to let these pieces stand, as if they are reasonable.

Forbes, for example, has a piece (no link because Forbes can eat the Macalope's salt lick, if you know what he means) looking back at what the "media" had to say about Steve Jobs. What they don't have is a piece looking back at what Forbes had to say, probably because it was so incredibly offensive that even they can't believe they had people write and edit it.

Assuming they even had people edit it. And it's possible those pieces were written by a pack of angry, screaming Macaque monkeys instead of people. It's hard to tell.

But on the anniversary of Jobs's death, let's not talk about the dumb and offensive things people said at the time. Let's not talk about the dumb and offensive things people are probably saying about it now.

Let's instead remember Google putting a tribute on its homepage and Eric Schmidt telling a terrific story about him. Let's remember that Microsoft flew its flags at half mast a year ago.

In other words, let's remember the people who, despite their differences and competition with Apple and Jobs, showed some class. Because there's obviously also value in lauding.

Let's not look back in anger. Not because holding people and publications accountable for what they choose to publish doesn't have some purpose, but because the exercise is so damned painful. Let's do it not for them, but for ourselves.

[Editors' Note: Each week the Macalope skewers the worst of the week's coverage of Apple and other technology companies. In addition to being a mythical beast, the Macalope is not an employee of Macworld. As a result, the Macalope is always free to criticize any media organization. Even ours.]

This story, "The Macalope Weekly: Issues" was originally published by Macworld.

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