If only I could be paid large sums of money for tracking down and exposing technology journalists who have yet to evolve as a species over the past 100 years or so. While most can type and string words together, many have thinking processes that mimic the planet’s early bipeds.
The days of the information superhighway have given way to the misinformation superhighway and you don’t have to look far to find it littered with yellow journalism; senseless and sensationalist headlines are a good start.
Facts vs. Fiction
The most unfortunate aspect of how information has become misinformation is what it does to the reader; far too many cannot tell fact from fiction, opinion vs. truth.
Yellow journalism and the yellow press are American terms for journalism and associated newspapers that present little or no legitimate well-researched news while instead using eye-catching headlines for increased sales
It isn’t just a technique used only in the good old U.S. of A., although Americans might be better at it than most; blame it on personal freedoms.
Attach this definition to headlines and you’ll understand what I mean.
Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion
Here’s an example.
Smartphone design hasn’t evolved in a decade
Perspective and facts matter. From one perspective, the statement in FastCompany is false. If it hasn’t evolved, then it hasn’t changed, if it hasn’t changed, then there are no improvements.
Which would you prefer? An iPhone 3G or an iPhone XR?
Much of technology journalism today is about hook, line, and sinker; link bait, click bait, and anything goes headlines that do not match the content below or facts.
Watch it change.
Smartphone design has changed little in recent years. Sure, phones have gotten bigger and thinner, but they’ve maintained the soap box form factor that Steve Jobs and his cronies popularized more than a decade ago.
From one perspective, absolutely positively everything about every iPhone has changed every year since inception in 2007. Or, nothing has changed. It’s still a cellphone with a flat slab of glass and rounded corners.
Ho hum. Meh. Move along. Nothing to see here.
Jesus Diaz on new smartphone design elements.
Imagine a phone that has no visible holes, no USB-C ports, no stereo minijack, no buttons, no SIM tray, no speaker grilles. A phone that feels like a flat slab of glass that magically lights up.
Wait. What? That’s still the same design that hasn’t evolved in a decade. Flat slab of glass with rounded corners.
Nothing. Has. Changed.
Except, well, everything has changed, and those evolutionary changes are somewhat a natural extension of the original design which will be maintained even if new smartphones come without buttons or holes (I am curious to know how the microphone, speakers, and cameras work without holes, though).
Let’s back up to the Palm Treo era, circa 2002-2008. Was not the original iPhone an evolutionary design. Flat device, rounded corners, cellphone and software inside. Apple advanced the state of the art via a much larger touchscreen with a built-in keyboard, but one can argue that iPhone was as much evolutionary as revolutionary.
Apple tends to do that.
The phone is not dead, but the iPhone model is.
Replaced by a flat slab of glass with rounded corners, right?
The death of the phone has been greatly exaggerated. The phone as a platform for design innovation and experimentation is clearly very much alive.
Damn. Which is it? Evolution? Or no evolution? Dead model? Or, very much alive? Based on much of what I read online these days, evolution hasn’t done much for technology writers, their ability to provide insightful analysis, but they are good at fiction.