Wired: ‘Who’s nuttier, Apple fanatics or Ron Paul enthusiasts?’

Wired’s Kevin Poulsen (Threat Level) judges Apple fanatics vs. Ron Paul enthusiasts to find out who’s nuttier.

MacDailyNews Note: In September, Mac users were called fruits; a few more ingredients and we’ll become a nice Trail Mix.

In the past two weeks, THREAT LEVEL reporters have managed to draw the wrath of two different cultural tribes renown for their resolve and certitude: Apple fanatics, and Ron Paul enthusiasts.

Apple fans pummeled Kim for her story on the iPhone’s controversial security model, while Ron Paul boosters went after Sarah for her piece on a recent spurt of deceptive spam promoting the Republican presidential candidate. Some representatives from each group got vicious, resorting to personal smears, sometimes laced with misogyny.

In other words, just another day at the office; smears and ad hominem attacks are an occupational hazard of journalism. But having two backlashes at about the same time provides us a rare opportunity to compare the religious fervor of two net-savvy cults of true believers.

Full article with handy comparison chart, in which “Ron Paulites win by a landslide,” Think Before You Click™, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “The Dude” for the heads up and also for inspiring our Take below.]

Obviously, Wired subscribers are the real nut jobs.

76 Comments

  1. ACtually – Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that makes sense – is a strict Constitutionalist.

    If you are sick of government – and I think we all are on BOTH of the current pathetic sides – RP is the only one to vote for!

  2. Brief Overview of Congressman Paul’s Record:

    He has never voted to raise taxes.
    He has never voted for an unbalanced budget.
    He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership.
    He has never voted to raise congressional pay.
    He has never taken a government-paid junket.
    He has never voted to increase the power of the executive branch.

    He voted against the Patriot Act.
    He voted against regulating the Internet.
    He voted against the Iraq war.

    He does not participate in the lucrative congressional pension program.
    He returns a portion of his annual congressional office budget to the U.S. treasury every year.

    Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress.

  3. Just make sure you have your ad blocker on before you visit Wired’s site so you don’t give them any ad views for publishing their biased crap. If you don’t have an ad blocker, just get Ad Blocker Plus for Firefox and then you can set it to block ads for biased sites like Wired. I have Ad Blocker Plus turned off for MDN as I support the site by letting the ads load in my browser. But I never support biased sites like Wired, I block all of their ads.

  4. “Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that makes sense – is a strict Constitutionalist.”

    I agree. He’s the only one who is really being honest about the real reasons for the quagmire in Iraq and terrorism.

    @rush
    guess what, EVERYONE is bought and paid for. I just prefer the ones who are more honest than the others.

  5. awesome take MDN. i’m happy to be one of the nuts in that mix. anyone can see that some apple fans do fall under the “nuts” category, and even if they’re a minority of the total user base, they’re louder than everyone else and so become the most prominent representatives (online, anyhow) of the apple community as a whole. there are a few nuts here on MDN and mac sites everywhere, but its the sane ones who make the mac community one of the best out there.

    and by “sane”, i mean the people who can, without crying themselves to sleep, say the following:

    “apple messed up, and i expect a fix because they’re pretty good about fixing problems” instead of “it’s someone else’s fault” or “HOW DARE YOU BETRAY ME WITH YOUR GLOSSY SCREEN!!?!??”

    OR (this one will stir controversy)

    “although i prefer apple’s computers, microsoft does have a few products i enjoy as well” instead of “F*CK MICROSOFT EVEN IF THEIR GAME CONSOLE IS FUN AND THEY MAKE DECENT MICE!! I REFUSE TO BELIEVE THAT ANYONE NEEDS OFFICE AND THAT IF SOMEONE’S WORKPLACE REQUIRES IT TELL THEM TO OVERHAUL ALL THEIR MACHINES WITH MACS RUNNING IWORK!!!”

    that was fun. any other sane mac users have more to add to that? =)

  6. I think we need to differentiate ourselves. There certainly are Mac Fanatics out there, those who have “drunk the kool aide” and will brook no slight – real or imagined – against any product any way related to Apple. And then there are the users like my mother who “like” Apple because it is just so easy. Most of us fall in between or are more defined by our relationship to Windows (we won’t talk about them).
    Mac Fanatics are an embarrassment. They cause more problems than they solve. Nobody actually listens to them and the rest of us have to prove we aren’t them before anyone will listen to us. Quite a reputation they’ve created for us all.
    Time to grow up, chillun. Even on the Internet, they can tell you are not rational. Or have the intellect of a rabid junior high school nerd. Or have had it up to HERE with FUD. Give them constant, but pleasant and well-reasoned support and they will be won over. Scream at them and a) they’ll hate you and b) they’ll stop listening. Of course, there’s always the trolls, but the answer for them is to deny them the hits, the attention, they crave.
    Dave

  7. From the ronpaul2008 link above:

    The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideals of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

    I’m starting to understand where these pro-lifers are coming from. It’s not pro-living but pro-unborn. This must be due to some religious influence. If an unborn child is innocent, then how come he carries the baggage of original sin according to the RCs?

    A very significant percentage of the “innocent” unborn of Iraqis and coalition forces that served in Iraq die in the womb or are born with horrible defects due to genetic damage caused by radioactive dust from depleted uranium shells. Those responsible for this war crime should encourage abortions and pay for them, not to mention medical and funeral fees or compensation for the suffering of their parents, or even the for cancers that will affect the parents. That sounds more like “pro-life” to me.

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