You see such fake news-like shenanigans in politics, yes, but it shows up as something similar in the technology field; it’s called negativity bias. Let me explain.
OK, first, let me do the political side of fake news. News is news. Opinion is, well, opinion, and even if the opinion is about the day’s news, it still isn’t news. Unfortunately, fake news has simply become whatever news or opinion some high ranking politician does not want to hear. I don’t care where it comes from– Fox or MSNBC, CNN or Wapo– news is news and opinion is opinion, but let’s not call opinions we don’t like fake news.
Have you ever found yourself dwelling on an insult or fixating on your mistakes? Criticisms often have a greater impact than compliments and bad news frequently draws more attention than good. The reason for this is that negative events have a greater impact on our brains than positive ones.
Simply put, bad news sells. Bad news sticks. We tend to believe what is negative rather than believe what is positive, or even believe straightforward facts on an issue. Have you ever noticed politicians that espouse fake news speak in superlatives rather than in facts? Short sentences never lumped into paragraphs?
Negativity is more believable than truth. That means website articles get more readers when the headlines are negative, and even more when they are negative against Apple– I call the anti-Apple screeds. Here’s an example from Adrian Kingsley-Hughes:
Testing Android smartphones has made my iPhone feel old and slow
Fair enough. How slow? Which Android smartphones? Which iPhones were they compared to?
The writer, an often published anti-Apple screed machine, does not say, and there are no statistics or testing mechanisms or actual comparisons to backup the claim.
Look sideways at Android handsets, and it’s hard to not come to the conclusion that Apple is being blown away in terms of performance, power, and usability.
Fair enough. How so? The writer does not say because any comparison of statistics and test results probably would not fit the anti-Apple screed narrative. Superlatives rule, facts are old fashioned.
Dude, if all those Android smartphones are so damned much better than an iPhone, then why are you still using an iPhone? I suspect you never really tried any of those smartphones and just pulled features off their websites.
Interestingly, some of the writer’s readers had a few words to say on the subject:
Remember why PCs cost less than Macs? Because the PC hardware makers are subsidized by software companies to install “crapware” on their hardware. Same deal with phones. Only the crapware is called Android. It sucks up the user’s personal data and ships it back to Google, who uses that data to make lots of money.
Ouch. Facts hurt fake news outrage.
Move along, nothing to see here, just another routine screed by AKH who hates every thing about and every user of Apple products
How about if we just call these anti-Apple screed screachers what they are? Purveyors of fake news; opinions dressed up in the usual negative superlatives but with nothing factual to back it up.