Fake news abounds. The world is awash in fake news. Far too many people cannot distinguish actual news from personal opinion, facts from perspective, and that inability is putting humankind’s future at stake.
This phenomenon of fake news vs. real news, and the impact of echo chambers and information silos is nothing new. It’s been around as long as humans but thanks to the proliferation of the misinformation superhighway we may not survive as a species. So, what about Forbes Magazine?
Fact vs. Fiction
This is a road we’ve traveled down often. As Yankee great Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Well, here we are again.
Gordon Kelly, writing as a contributor in Forbes says:
Apple’s New iPhones Have A Nasty Surprise
Now, stop for a moment and consider what is going on with that headline and how it may impact the average Forbes reader, and perhaps more than half of whom own iPhones.
Nasty surprise? Oh no. That can’t be good. What evil misdeeds is Apple up to? Well, it’s not Apple. It’s, 1) Forbes for allowing such a piece of eyeball grabbing literature to be published, and, 2) Gordon Kelly who wrote an entire article for a major online publication and it contains nothing of value for any reader.
How do I know that?
First, Apple has not even announced any new iPhones for 2018, so there cannot be a nasty surprise. But that’s Gordon Kelly’s schtick. It’s what he does. The headline is a grabber for unsuspecting eyeballs, particularly when ‘nasty’ is blended with ‘iPhone’ or anything Apple.
In what can only be described as a move designed to wring cash from the pockets of new iPhone owners, acclaimed tech site Macotakara reports Apple will make fast charging incompatible with all existing third-party chargers.
See? A rumor website published something that doesn’t even make much sense– Apple adopting a charging standard and then abandoning the same standard a year later– and treating it as fact.
So, another nasty surprise which has no basis in fact. It’s not news. It’s conjecture. That makes it fake news. Or, at best, personal opinion based upon some rumor website, but the headline does not reveal that little tidbit.
For me personally, such a move would not be a deal breaker. The second generation iPhone X (details), massive iPhone X Plus (details) and budget marvel ‘iPhone 9’ (details) have enough plus points to overcome such an irritation – even with their quirks.
Suddenly, this nasty surprise isn’t a big deal because the author states it’s not a deal breaker. So, why is it a nasty surprise? Oh, and those second generation iPhone X and iPhone 9 and their plus points? Those are not facts, either. Fake news.
This is the state of modern technology journalism in the 21st century, which seems to mimic journalism from the 1860s or early 1900s or other periods in time where fact and fiction were difficult to separate. We see this kind of thing in politics all the time but it is worse than I’ve ever seen it, and at least as bad as what I read about (yellow journalism, I’m looking at you) from history books.
Forbes should be ashamed and apologize to readers for publishing such drivel.