Violet Blue: The Apple fanboy problem

“Apple ‘fanboys’ have gained a negative reputation as a hostile entity,” Violet Blue writes for ZDNet. “The vitriolic fanboy mob mentality has made online discussions about Apple difficult to keep civil, and has created an environment of increasingly shocking and disturbing hostility.”

“In my opinion, it’s damaging Apple’s reputation,” Blue writes.

“This week, ‘king of the fanboys’ John Gruber and Apple evangelist Shawn King were instrumental to an online witch hunt that eventually included threats of violence toward a female blogger,” Blue writes. “The witch hunt was based on inaccurate information about Macworld exhibitors that the men had provided to the public. I know because that blogger is me. And I’m not the first person to have a troubling story like this about these people.”

Blue writes, “What is happening here is a problem. And I believe it is a lot of what is perpetuating Apple’s bad image. It is an aspect of Apple’s legacy from an older era – one that needs to go away.”

Read more in the full article here.

Shawn King rebuts Blue’s piece here

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77 Comments

    1. I would read the Curious Rats post on her, too. Violet Blue is full of herself. Unappologetically insulting a female booth vendor programmer, then making the reaction to her rude post about herself.

      She is rude and obnoxious and very fond of herself and not conciliatory at all. Really this story is not about Apple fanboys or King or Gruber, who are also both rude. This is about how not to appologize to someone you have publicly offended.

    1. Indeed. Whether Blue is full of it on this count or not, I think she has a point of sorts, as does MDN: Let’s be sure to show some class out there following what is on so many levels a world-wide Apple victory.

    2. Until Mikey Dell shuts it down and gives the money back to the stockholders, until Microsoft files for bankruptcy …

      The war will continue as planned.

      That’s resolution for you.

  1. A bit of research prior to a post would keep G&K from looking like douches. That goes for everyone. Unfortunately, this is becoming prevalent today especially politics.

    1. A little bit of research prior to the post by Violet Blue would have kept her from looking like a shitty writer who doesn’t fact check. Then we don’t have any drama.

    2. Don’t be an idiot. Violet Blue, in the course of bemoaning the plight of women in tech, mocked another women as a “booth babe” when that woman was in fact a representative of NeoPlay. She then tries to blame everyone but herself for her lack of crdibility and non-existent journalistic practices.

      Let’s be perfectly clear so even the dim can understand this: if Violet Blue had done her FUCKING JOB, EVERYONE would have known who that woman was, because a real journalist concerned for issues regarding women in tech would have INTERVIEWED THE WOMAN AT THE FUCKING TECH CONFERENCE!

  2. Using an alias is not a license to be an a$$h01e.

    That is one of the major problems with internet society, and fan boys are a fair example of that problem.

    Use your anonymity to get away with saying things that are stupid but fun, not for being mean.

    If you wouldn’t say it to some one’s face, then maybe you shouldn’t say it at all.

    1. It’s not even aliases anymore. I’ve seen several FB comment wars between people who don’t know each other hurling insults at one another. Using their real names.

      Un-civil society has reached the point where people don’t care if they broadcast to the whole world that they’re complete assholes. It’s an “attitude”, but what it projects is false confidence.

  3. I’m not sure what “misinformation” Violet Blue is referring to. The woman at the booth was not a “booth babe”; she was an employee of the company maintaining the booth. She may not have been a coder, but she wasn’t hired as someone having no affiliation with NeoPlay to doll up the booth either. Gruber and King were much more correct in their characterization than Violet Blue.

    As far as the image of the frothing Apple fanboy threatening the innocent woman tech blogger, fucking grow up. People take information that’s presented, regardless of the forum, and make it their own based on their personality. This isn’t an Apple phenomenon.

    You’re a public figure, Violet. People watch what you say and call you out when you’re wrong. This may be the first time you’ve been able to generate hits for your masters at hit-whore haven ZDNet, but based on the crap you’ve posted in the past, I have a hard time believing this is the first time you’ve gotten shit for something you wrote.

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