Color me a little paranoid, but I have a bad feeling about the internet in the 21st century. It’s rapidly becoming a misinformation superhighway; a disorganized cacophony of noise and confusion where no one is safe.
In a world where everyone has a voice, can anyone be heard? It’s no longer survival of the fittest. It’s survival of the loudest. Among the loudest of the loud are Apple’s numerous clown-like critics spouting off nonsense and gibberish, some of which is chronicled on an official Criticism of Apple section of Wikipedia.
Send In The Clowns
Most of Apple’s history stems from the company’s origin as an upstart underdog. Historically, startups are one or two steps away from annihilation by a larger competitor and none so fragile as Apple Computer, Inc.
Back in the day Apple was about to be crushed by IBM, yet the company survived and prospered. Along came Windows ’95 and Apple’s days were again numbered.
The Apple is doomed meme has grown only more popular as the company’s riches and status have grown to unparalleled heights.
Even after Steve Jobs return to glory, Apple was but a product away from being a footnote to technology’s history.
The iPod? A Mac-only failure. The iTunes Music Store? What? No Windows? The iPhone? An overpriced gadget for zealots. The iPad? A big iPhone without the phone. Apple is always less than a hop, skip, and trip from doom.
Official Criticism Collection
Unfortunately for the loud clowns who make a living trumpeting failure for Apple, the facts don’t support the narrative. Apple is rich beyond any company’s imagination; with a modest list of products that bring in enormous revenue and profits.
Yet, there’s an official criticism collection of Apple’s troubles on Wikipedia. It’s called Criticism of Apple Inc, a bastion of half-truths, twisted facts, and locked and loaded faux controversies, where much of the content seems to have been written by Google or Samsung copywriters.
This Wikipedia entry is a cesspool of lame accusations from various and sundry misanthropes who call it like they want it to be rather than the way it is. Loud clowns, indeed.
There you’ll find every inkling of every scandal, twisted fact or polished imagination; from iTunes lock in to the Think Secret lawsuit, from Gizmodo theft to Foxconn suicides all the way down to questionable tax practices to data security lapses.
So, the question of the day is this. ‘Are Apple’s loud clown critics correct, and the company is infested with scandal? Or, moving to the other end of the scale, ‘Is Apple truly a company that strives to build products that people love, regardless of the cost?‘