Would that be more of an attention-getter? Almost anywhere on the interwebs you’ll run into examples of sensationalist, yellowish journalism that distorts facts simple to garner more readers, more eyeballs, and more advertising.
Do you understand why Facebook refuses to remove political advertisements that are easily proven false? Money. Facebook wants politician’s money. Facts don’t matter. That infestation seems to have gone awry and infects mankind; or, at least, those members of mankind who get paid by the word and know how to type.
Here’s an example from Ian King. A Bloomberg headline:
Apple’s 5G iPhone Delay Stings as Next-Gen Devices Hit Shelves
What’s the implication there?
Somehow, Apple has run into a delay implementing 5G on the iPhone. Let’s call that a falsehood. False news. OK, fake news. Another implication is that competitors are rolling out smartphones with 5G all across the land.
False news. Few 5G smartphones can be found.
Apple Inc. is planning to bring 5G to the iPhone next fall, more than a year behind some rivals. The company can ill afford to let the timing slip.
If 5G is coming to iPhone next year, and Apple seldom launches standard features before competitors, and 5G itself is hardly ubiquitous, then what’s the problem?
Fake news sells better than facts.
To see why Apple isn’t in a big hurry to bring reproach upon the iPhone, let’s consider a look at the past:
When 4G arrived about eight years ago, the first handsets were fat and battery-sapping, and there weren’t enough of them. Network build-outs were slow and coverage was spotty.
Is it possible that 5G is experiencing the same thing? No. It is experiencing the same thing, even if cellphone companies have improved their ability to roll out new technology.
I won’t go into the details, but suffice it to say that an ubiquitous 5G rollout– where 5G is available everywhere, and all smartphones have 5G built-in– will not happen as quickly as it did with 4G LTE.
Yet, the implication seems as if Apple is being battered and sales are suffering. In reality, Apple cannot make enough iPhone 11 models to satisfy demand. Here’s another example of yellow-ish journalism from Forbes contributor network:
- Why Apple Killed The MacBook Pro – it didn’t; you can still buy a MBP
- Apple Confirms Serious MacBook Pro Problems – it didn’t; typical upgrade issues
- New iPhone Leak Reveals Apple’s Stunning Price Decision – it didn’t; it was a rumor
Yeah, yellow-ish journalism at its
best worst, and what we’ve come to expect from once great periodicals that are crafting the fine art of misleading. Check out Bloomberg’s ‘The Big Hack’ and Apple And Forbes’ New Age Yellow Journalism.