AMITIAE - Sunday 9 February 2014
Cassandra: What Some Journalists Can Cook up
By Graham K. Rogers
The interviewer did manage to turn one tentative word in Cook's comments into a weak Apple, by using it in the heading for no good purpose (other than to confirm the WSJ's usual view on Apple). Jack Purcher on Patently Apple looked at this insertion and made some harsh (but justified) comments on this title change, noting that what was said was "anyone 'reasonable' would consider what Apple is working on as new categories." How did that get turned round; and why?
In that interview, Tim Cook came out with a comment that I still cannot understand. I think it was meant to be a way to show the position of Android in relation to iOS, but it appeared clumsy to me when he said, "Android is like Europe. Europe was a name that somebody came up with for Americans who didn't understand that Europe was a lot of countries that weren't like U.S. states" (Jordan Golson, MacRumors). He apparently meant that it was many different things under one name, except that Europe was a name used even in Greco-Roman times and the only Americans then did not have the concept of states.
Other recent items on Apple in the New Yorker include,
On PixoBebo, Kate MacKenzie comments on the input from Paul Sagawa who takes the same Wall Street theme and makes mountains out of molehills, concluding (again) that Apple is doomed. As a side comment, why are there three contributors with Japanese names mentioned here: Daisuke Wakabayashi, Yukari Iwatani Kane and Paul Sagawa? Is it something in the radioactive water, or are these secret Samsung spies?
On the same theme is a strong article by Steve Denning on Forbes who criticises the New Yorker's takes on innovation and savages an article in the publication by Nathan Heller
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs.
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