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