If Chicken Little were still alive he would be running through the streets crying out the obvious.
No, the sky is not falling. Chicken Little would be telling the world that Apple’s new iPhone 6 is hazardous to your health. To hear the Chicken Littles of the world tell it, everything that could go wrong with an iPhone is wrong with the iPhone 6 models.
From Bendghazi To Hairgate
Apple is the Richard Nixon of modern technology gadget makers. Nixon endure one scandal after another before he threw up his hands and retired, thanks to the Watergate scandal.
Apple experiences similar scandals with every new product release. Remember Antennagate and the iPhone 4? Apple’s only defense was free iPhone cases, and a curt “You’re holding it wrong.”
Not long after that Apple suffered again at the hands of Mapsgate, when it launched a maps app to replace the lame app Google provided to iPhone users.
More recently, following the launch of both iPhone 6 models, Bendghazi (also known as Bendgate) became Apple’s latest public relations disaster, as millions of eyeballs viewed a customer bending an iPhone 6.
Wait. There’s more!
The dust has yet to settle from Bendghazi, and iPhone 6 sales continue to grow by the millions, but now there’s a danger to customers posed by Hairgate. Yes, folks, the iPhone 6 is built in such a way that it can rip out the hair from your head or face simply by using it to make a call.
For some users, hair is getting caught in the seam between the glass screen and the iPhone’s aluminum back.
It must be a very small seam– or, some iPhone customers have very fine hair– but I cannot even feel the seam let alone get facial or head hair caught in it. I’ve asked a dozen friends with iPhone 6 models if there hair gets caught in any way, and the answer to my survey question– totally unscientific– is an unqualified “No!” and with a look of doubt for my sanity.
Here’s The Real Problem
I have a couple of theories on Bendghazi and Hairgate (and any other socially created scandal involving Apple or any other company, topic, or nation).
The first is obvious. People can and do find fault with anything and now, thanks to social media, they have a forum with which to voice their opinions (good or bad), and sometimes, with some products and companies, that voice is amplified ad nauseam.
The second is less obvious, but even more dangerous. It has to do with society’s fixation on the trivial vs. the need for coherent and reasonable discourse on important topics that truly matter. For example, President Obama discussed “boots on the ground” in the fight against ISIS (or ISIL) in the Mideast and Faux News went batcrap crazy over “boots on the ground.”
It’s exactly that kind of insane response and actions that spawn made up scandals such as Bendghazi, Hairgate, Nipplegate, and many others– scandals of little substance but which flood both traditional broadcast and print media, as well as social media, with fodder for the fools who rush in where those of intellect fear to tread.