Apple and the politics of phony outrage

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“It seems the ‘in thing’ to do lately is bash Apple for non-existent threats to freedom that the company is supposedly perpetrating,” Thomas Fitzgerald blogs.

“People from left and right across the web are taking minor issues and blowing them out of all proportion to create this false sense of ‘outrage’ against some perceived threat from the cupertino company,” Fitzgerald writes. “It seems the politics of ‘phoney [sic] outrage’ has become so prevalent in the world of political discourse that it’s seeping into the mindset of everyone with an axe to grind.”

Fitzgerald writes, “[Take the recent] email exchange between Gawker’s Ryan Tate and Steve Jobs. Steve is calm and collected and Ryan is in my opinion childish and hot headed… As with many of Apple’s innovations, Apple has created a widely successful product that defines a genre, and then a group of highly vocal commenters rails against it because they think the product should actually be defined their way, not Apple’s, and because it’s not their vision that is somehow limiting choice.”

Full article – recommended – here.


  1. Gawker is shady and therefore loses respect
    flash sucks, adobe doesn’t innovate or shange with the times, let alone optimize existing software
    Apple isn’t doing anything wrong, the problem is they are doing everything right!
    Apparently it takes longer for some people to smell the coffee

  2. If you want real outrage and not the phony type… trying being a European resident with an open wireless router that had personal information stolen from the Google Mapping team. I’m surprised that MDN hasn’t linked to the New York Times article (or many others) yet…

  3. As people seek out others with insightful visionary thoughts, content and products they will leave behind the dusty old school ways of the past.

    Ryan needs to keep up that drinking so he will have something to do in the future.

  4. Nothing phony about my level-headed outrage towards the tyranny of MAC’s proprietary, overbearing, monopolistic, ports-challenged products that continue to suck hard-earned money out of the wallets of smug cultists who need the latest shiny toys from MAC. I bet most of you lemmings don’t even know how to turn on your I-Pads. You just parade around like some fancy-pants trying to be part of the ‘cool’ crowd.

    I get so worked up sometimes about MAC’s behavior, but then I workout rockin’ some Dokken on my Zune which eventually calms myself down. Until someone walks into the gym with an I-Pod. Then I wanna punch ’em in the face.

    MAC is only good at one thing. Marketing. And legions of MAC fangirls still buy their products. Who wouldn’t be outraged?

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  5. @WriterGuy:

    “Waiting for the political posts that link the phony outrage against Apple to the phony outrage against Obama in three… two… one…”


    “Phoney”!?! Where have you been for the past year or so???

    – C2

  6. Hi Zune Tang,

    I had to chuckle at your fake, troll bait. BTW it’s Mac not MAC, and iPad not I-Pad. Keep your fake posts coming, it keeps people on their toes, separating real posts from inflammatory jokes. I bet in reality you’re the biggest fanboy of us all. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Remember the pen is mightier than the sword. In the right hands, its a powerful tool, that has the potential to change a mass amount of peoples ideas and philosophy. Bloggers, specially immature, childish, selfish, spoiled aholes like Tate, clearly abuses this powerful tool. Bloggers should never, ever be considered true journalist. Bloggers like Mr. Ahole there is a prime example of someone who does not deserve the title “Journalist” in everyones book.

  8. @Macanatic: Those folks should be happy it was just Google and not some hacker looking to clean out their bank accounts. I’ll pick up home WiFi networks from the bus on my iPhone, and a scary number of those are unprotected.

    Bottom line folks: you don’t like the iPad or how Apple controls the App Store, don’t buy the dang thing. Simple as that.

  9. the iPhone/Pad isn’t some closed nanny-state system. If you want to watch porn on it, go on the internet. What Mr. Jobs means is that, unlike a typical computing experience, you can hand your phone to your 6-year old and they are not going to be getting pop-ups and other crap that isn’t appropriate. He’s done the right thing, anything is available if you want it but it’s basically a family friendly functional device that won’t shove inappropriate material down your throat if you don’t want it. Personally, I’ve had no trouble accessing inappropriate material whenever I like so all of you protesting obviously haven’t ever owned one of these things and think that it’s all just permanently blocked. I’m worried about my son using regular computers due to the usual ads, I’m much more confident leaving him for a few minutes with my iPhone.

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