Stuart (the) Bruce once again provides a voice of reason in the whole Microsoft/payola unscandal.
As Stuart points out, having a go at Microsoft is always easy, but disclosing that one has received a review copy is essential (and not everyone did, nor detail their intentions as to the future of their laptop.)
I thoroughly enjoyed the honest and forthright engagement between Shel and Neville on this issue in the last F, and agree with Neville that all would be well as long as the bloggers themselves disclosed that they had received a review copy (the blogosphere is quick to point the finger but slow to accept any personal responsibility, it would seem; let us not forget that whenever you point a finger there are three more pointing back at you).
Envy and Jealousy would appear to be the triggers for much of the hoo-haa. And like Stuart, I’d love to have a machine fast enough to run Vista; I too enjoyed my Office07 trial (except for the stupid PowerPoint ribbon) but would miss my WOPR (unless an 07 version is released — it would appear not).
Yawn. This Christmas many bloggers are once again engaged in their previous past-time of Microsoft bashing. And once again many of them are failing to grasp the reality of life outside of their own little blogosphere bubble.
In their eyes Microsoft has committed the sin of offering some bloggers an Acer Ferrari laptop so that the bloggers can write about the new Windows Vista. The posts accuse Microsoft (and poor old Edelman) of ‘astroturfing’ and ‘payola’.
In reality Microsoft has done nothing wrong. The email from Microsoft says:
“…while I hope you will blog about your experience with the pc, you don’t have to. Also, you are welcome to send the machine back to us after you are done playing with it, or you can give it away to your community, or you can hold onto it for as long as you’d like. Just let me know what you plan to do with it when the time comes.”
It strikes me that the moaners and whingers either just don’t get how the world works or are simply jealous that they weren’t one of those honoured with an invitation.
As Eric Eggertson says in the comments to Stuart’s post, it IS highly redolent of the fuss that younger siblings make when an older sibling is allowed to stay up later at night.
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