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Generally, I am a strong proponent of knocking down walls and tossing the gatekeepers out on their selective ears. Remember how much we used to care about who linked to whom? And sometime before that, I actually cared about the NBA and thought soccer was boring. That was all wrong.
Like much of what one reads in the so-called press these days. Now that the newspapers have been killed (generally good) and most content has been drug to free, anyone with a MacBook and an internet account can be a journalist. Or at least portray one of the internet. Sort of like I’m doing now.
That means more people competing for the same number of eyeballs, which results in more and more extreme stories, marketing and editing. This is math, inevitable. Which means you have some people who couldn’t write their way out of a wet paper bag hammering out half-baked and overly dramatic headlines. Link bait is the new journalism. Long live BuzzFeed.
Add to the mix some extreme polarization between ideologies, and you have a constant stream of bullshit that either pisses you off or reinforces what your preferred plutocrat has told you you already believe. It’s a hot mess.
Until I watched the video of the keynote. And realized that, while no new hardware was announced (it is, after all, a developer‘s conference), Apple announced some things that are not only awesome but destined to materially improve mobile computing. In other words, it was very impressive. Something I would never have known based on the news reports.
See for yourself.