Dear Mainstream Press

Your journalists are absolutely diabolical at writing about tech news.

They produce articles so fundamentally logically flawed they are laughable. This week alone you’ve embarrassed yourselves twice without even realising. Firstly, you leapt gleefully onto the fact that the suspect in the aborted French school massacre played World of Warcraft, touting it as irrefutable evidence that he was inspired to shoot people by playing computer games. Despite the fact that World of Warcraft has no guns in it. Or blood.

Then you trotted out some utter tripe about how the Google Chrome OS was going to pose “a significant challenge to the dominance of Microsoft’s Windows franchise”, as if Chrome would somehow surpass the achievements of Linux overnight, just because it’s coming from a company the journalist has heard of, and that the entire media seems happy to fawn over almost as much as they do Apple. Here’s a newsflash, you morons: Google is not the messiah. The way your journalists write about Google, one could be forgiven for thinking that everything they develop radiates the glow of summer sunsets, reduces carbon emissions, leaves daffodils growing in every footprint, and urinates Chanel No. 5.

Worse still, I’m not even talking about second-rate publications here. Both of these were in The Times, along with the usual collection of broadsheets. Stop it. Stop it, stop it, stop it. Since you can’t be bothered to pay a proper tech journalist, at least have someone with a vague clue about the issues proofread your articles for ignorance. Try those poor buggers you have running the computers. If they don’t bury their face in their hands when they read the copy, it’s at least relatively safe to print — but don’t hold your breath.

Love and kisses,
The Angry Technician

About The Angry Technician

The Angry Technician is an experienced IT professional in the UK education sector. Normally found in various states of annoyance on his blog. All views are those of his imaginary pet dog, Howard.

7 responses to “Dear Mainstream Press”

  1. Sanguinor says :

    Actually, you will find that WoW does have guns in it, hunters can use hunting rifles: . Sorry to be pedantic, but that’s my callign in life. The article is not linking the attempted shootings to video games, it’s linking the violence it’s associating and although WoW may be cartoony it’s still violent, you still beat bunnies to death with oversized sticks of wood, swords, etc etc.

    At the end of the day, journalists should stop trying to pin everything on games when it is obviously not the case. In this particular case it looks to me to be caused by two things A) bad parenting, I don’t know about you, but my parent’s didn’t let me stay up until 2 o’clock in the morning playing video games until I was atleast through my GCSE’s and B) possible mental instabilty, insecurity issues, attention seeking? Somebody should develop a full psychological profile on the lad and see what underlying mental conditions he has.

    What I want to know though is: “How was a thirteen year old boy able to put his hands on, and walk practically all the way to school with A SHOTGUN!”

    Otherwise, I completely agree with you. I wish I could stop hearing about google chrome though.

    • AngryTechnician says :

      Yes, I was clued into the fact that WoW does in fact have gun on my Facebook page, but hadn’t had a chance to update here. My chief point was that it’s no FPS, which is the usual scapegoat in these stories.

  2. Dave S says :

    Million dollars, eh? Ten minutes with group policies ought to crack it or, if they don’t use that, a line in a login script that renames one of the other screensavers to setiathome.scr.
    Let’s be generous and say that it takes an hour to test for unexpected side-effects, then half a minute per Windows subdomain to mess with scripts or policies.

  3. Will says :

    Although the claim that Google Chrome OS claim will challenge Microsoft’s dominance is sensational to say the least; the power of the Google brand and that fact that it will be pre-installed on increasing numbers of Netbooks and lower/cheaper spec’d laptops, coupled with the familiarity of have a Google OS (Android) on more and more phones might just be enough to see it supercede Linux in the vein of mainstream popularity.

    • AngryTechnician says :

      Google Chrome isn’t aimed at generic netbooks and laptops – it’s designed for a very particular hardware spec with custom firmware that sets it apart from a PC-compatible system. Take a look at Ars Technica’s breakdown for the details.

      Basically, they are aiming for a specialised device that happens to be a similar form factor as existing x86 netbooks – but they aren’t netbooks as we currently know them. These devices will be competing with netbooks themselves, not just competing with Windows and Linux as the OS to run on them.

      • Will says :

        This is all very true, but my point was that the number of netbook (style machines) that Google Chrome would come pre-installed on, would keep on growing and therefore become more popular on the high-street than *nix

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