Our staff roundtable looking at why people still support Apple after all these years got some attention from the New Republic, where Lydia DePillis used it to bookend her article “Apple Agonistes: What happens to Mac fanatics when the brand bums them out?” She talked to a lot of the right people, and the article catches some of the tensions currently being felt in the Apple community. follow link
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Bummed Out by the Brand in the New Republic
Chris Hughes bought a storied, incredibly written, 100 year old publication and morphed it into a combination of Newsweek and Huffington Post.
The article about Mac fanatics is just more shilling for readers.
Nothing new; nothing incisive. Mere regurgitation.
ccstone:The opinions of Engst, Pogue, Siracusa, Inatko, are certainly familiar ("regurgitation") to us Tidbit subscribers, but not to thousands of others, including sophisticated TNR readers.
I respect both your reactions, but I think some simple factual reporting is needed, when there is still a widespread contempt for everything Apple. The latest meme is that Apple Is a Religion.
As a relative, I quite improperly step in here, but I've been following Apple history closely since 1984 and depend on the brilliance of the Tidbit circle (like Kissell and Neuburg).
And as far as shilling for readers goes, George, I fear that every publication is guilty of that, because if a publication hits the virtual and physical newsstands and no one reads it, was it even published? ;-)