The Verge covered the Spectre One, an HP All-in-One that focuses interaction on a trackpad rather than a touchscreen.
Marco does a joke at The Verge’s expense, in that the HP looks an iMac in its styling. Basically the joke is:
command + f + iMac with no results found. A little later, Marco also belittles Engadget’s post on the Spectre, but this time with some harsher but more focused words.
Big “gadget” blogs depend on maintaining very friendly relationships with the companies whose products they cover so they can continue to get exclusives, interviews, press badges to events, and early access to products. Maintaining these relationships while retaining credibility isn’t always an easy choice for many sites, and many choose poorly.
I read this quote from Marco while I was sitting in my History of Science lecture hall waiting for class to start. I skipped reading the Engadget piece, having already read one cover of the Spectre story and not needing another. But when I read Marco’s bit on this, I sighed.
So then John also plays a sad violin.
My theory is that it’s not about access; it’s about not pissing off the vocal anti-Apple contingent of their readerships.
Josh from The Verge, chief-editor, you know him? He wrote back on all of this nonsense. I forgot what I was going to pull quote from Josh’s write up, but whatever, just read the whole thing since it actually has words to read.
I’m honestly glad I’m not that popular or someone might read what I write and take it seriously. I don’t know anything about Journalism except the bits I learned from my Journalism class last year. The Verge is just reporting — any intelligent reader will know it looks like a Mac, and any intelligent reader will also know that it costs less, runs Windows, and can run Chrome thus covering the same 90% of all Normal People™ use cases. I don’t want people to necessarily care what I think or I might think that I have to care about what they think.
I read Marco and John’s blog daily (and in fact, they’re listed higher in my feed reader so I read them first, before The Verge.) Anyone read the two inflammatory posts will quickly get that they’re poking fun at The Verge (and others) with an HP cattle prod. Flame linking isn’t new, it’s not special, just like copying Apple isn’t new and special.
All I can do is sigh.