In a classic case of link-baiting and a blatant attempt to rile the disciples of Steve Jobs/Mac, the Guardian’s Charlie Brooker has an amusing opinion piece entitled “I Hate Macs” – inspired by his distaste the Mac vs. Windows advertising campaign now appearing on British television. Here’s a statement that will enrage Mac enthusiasts:
“I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.”
“PCs are the ramshackle computers of the people. You can build your own from scratch, then customise it into oblivion. Sometimes you have to slap it to make it work properly, just like the Tardis (Doctor Who, incidentally, would definitely use a PC). PCs have charm; Macs ooze pretension. When I sit down to use a Mac, the first thing I think is, “I hate Macs”, and then I think, “Why has this rubbish aspirational ornament only got one mouse button?”
Charlie, you are about to learn an important lesson about people who love Macs and idolize Steve Jobs: anyone who dares to criticize the Mac or suggest it’s inferior to Windows in any way will be inundated with comments, e-mail and letters about their ignorance. As a reporter, I toiled away with little or no feedback from readers except when I wrote anything that could be construed as less than positive about the Mac. Charlie, you’re not just dealing with a product; you’re dealing with a religion.
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