Thanks to a few semesters in college debate classes, real world debates with students at other colleges, and a multilingual father who loved a the occasional verbal fight, I’m not afraid of a good argument and such conflicts are threaded into much of society in the 21st century.
Unfortunately, I remain convinced that such privilege to voice perspectives and opinions is why we have a growing trust deficit among the very information makers who should and need to be trust but are not.
Yes, we know fake news is everywhere, but your neighbor’s definition of what constitutes such pablum may differ from your notion. What constitutes such beliefs? Low. Critical. Thinking.
Analytic thinking was associated with more accurate spotting of fake and real news independent of respondents’ political ideology. This would suggest that building critical thinking skills could be an effective instrument against fake news.
So, why is there growing distrust of media among humanity? See if you can spot it in headlines. Gordon Kelly:
Apple ‘Confirms’ iPhones Have A Serious Problem
The headline implies that all iPhones have a serious problem. The reality is that a very small number of iPhones have any problem, serious or otherwise. That’s a sample of a fake news, link-bait headline from a major online publisher with low standards. Forbes is a must to avoid because the magazine engages regularly in such drivel. Ewan Pence:
Poor iPhone Sales Forcing Apple Into More Dangerous Decisions
Uh oh. iPhone sales are poor? Not according to facts.
Only according to a pre-determined narrative that helps to attract more readers to an article that is not news; as to Apple’s dangerous decisions, that’s nothing more than an opinion. Nothing more, nothing less.
In the past few weeks the interwebs has been full of comparisons; iPad Pro vs. Mac, or iPad Pro vs. PCs, or iPad Pro vs. a real computer. These are little more than false equivalencies and ridiculous arguments sans insightful analysis.
Then, there’s Ross Rubin:
As Laptop Replacements, The iPad Pro And Surface Pro Are Worlds Apart
Indeed. One is a tablet that can perform some notebook chores, while the other is a notebook with a touchscreen than can double as an anemic tablet. They are not the same so why compare them as if they are?
Last year, though, the tablet designed to take on a laptop got a proper laptop sibling of its own. The Surface Laptop is a more conventional notebook, and an even more direct competitor to the MacBook Air. That includes a non-removable keyboard.
Now, let’s consider that for a moment. Only a moment.
Someone is calling Surface Laptop what it is. A laptop. Or, perhaps more accurately, a notebook. Apple doesn’t make laptops. It makes notebooks. Surface devices, with or without a keyboard, detachable or not, are PCs which can perform some tablet-like functions– finger navigation and various tools on touchscreen– but do not compare well to tablet functionality on Apple’s iPad line.
If the foundational idea of the Surface was the convergence of tablet and PC, Apple is playing up the idea of the iPad Pro as the benchmark for tablets when used alone, but an increasingly versatile device as accessories are added. It’s now clearer than ever that the iPad Pro has replaced the MacBook Air as the Surface’s main competitor, the iPad having grown up from a smartphone operating system and the MacBook remaining behind the established strengths of Windows.
Bingo. Astute and insightful analysis lives! It lives!
But detach the keyboard and its tablet experience falls flat. It’s apparent that Microsoft is paying the price for its botched attempt to attract touch apps with Windows 8 and the lack of a smartphone base from which to groom such apps. Despite retaining a tablet mode in Windows 10, Windows tablets aren’t great for many tablet apps beyond reading PDFs and watching videos.
There you go.
Someone used proper journalistic discipline to overcome the urge to create a ridiculous argument to compare Apple to apples for the sake of link bait, and, instead pointed out the obvious. One of these two devices is not the same and that makes both of them different.
For the iPad Pro, the challenge is reversed. It has years of strong developer support for the iPad as a slate but is still working to raise developer consciousness to add such PC staples as keyboard shortcuts… why saddle the PC of the future, which will surely take on new kinds of applications, with the paradigms of the past? Apple’s purist approach leaves open the possibility that a new class of apps at the intersection of advanced processing and touch could materialize.
Both iPad and Surface devices are personal computers, but they differ in notable ways; just as a fully tricked out 6-core 8th generation Intel Inside with 32GB RAM, a massive 4GB of GPU RAM, and 4TB of SSD storage– for a whopping $7,049– differs from an $1,199 MacBook Air. They are not the same devices and they serve different purposes.
Ross Rubin at FastCompany understands that. The fake news shills at Forbes magazine do not. Trust is loss when journalistic integrity is removed and replaced by misleading headlines and uninspired analysis. Is it any wonder that so much of 21st century media cannot be trusted?