Welcome to the Internet, now please shut up.
There’s an unhealthy dose of insanity that happens on the Internet. The latest example of this is something that I saw over on Gigaom today, in the comments:
Now let’s pick apart what Stephen M is saying here. He’s insinuating that Gigaom is a site that is being paid, by Apple Inc, to post positive things about the company. In fact, Stephen even (rightly) points out that Apple is in the navigation bar at the top of the site, though he incorrectly assumes that the link exists because Apple Inc paid for it to be there.
Apparently it has never crossed Stephen’s mind that Om Malik, the founder and namesake of the Gigaom blog, is simply a fan of Apple. Of course, had he ever bothered to read anything that Om writes on his personal blog, that fact would have not gone unnoticed. But no, that’s too much work. Stephen would rather spout off his uneducated, hate-filled pie hole than to accept a simple fact.
There’s another fact that’s hard to accept, apparently, to the Internet readers of the world. Blogs are (often times) filled with the content that the blog owners and writers care about. It might seem crazy, but if you think back a few years, that was sort of the purpose behind blogs coming into existence anyway. And yet it’s all-too-soon forgotten, especially any time that someone writes about Apple, Android, Microsoft or Google.
I like a number of different products, and I write about a myriad of them. I’m a fan of Windows 7, I love my iPhone. I use a MacBook Pro daily, but I’ve also enjoyed using Dell’s XPS 15z, a Windows-based machine. Yet almost every single time I write about one product or another, I get accused of being a biased “fanboy” for a brand by some mouth-breathing neckbeard who hasn’t seen the light outside of mom’s basement in ages.
Almost as if on cue, John Gruber has just posted this quote from Paul Graham over on Daring Fireball —
“The third cause of trolling is incompetence. If you disagree with something, it’s easier to say “you suck” than to figure out and explain exactly what you disagree with. You’re also safe that way from refutation.”
In general, anything created should be done so with passion. Writing is not excused from this, and blogging is perhaps held to this truth at an even higher level. As bloggers, we’re exceptionally passionate about the subjects on which we write. Don’t mistake that passion for being a fanboy, but if you happen to, you’re welcome to close the window. Welcome to the Internet. Now please, shut up.