Does anyone read anymore?
And yet they were.
The first incident was by a goofball that even the Macalope — who covers the goofball beat — won’t touch.
There is considerable irony in a blogger uncritically repeating and boosting false information in a post where he’s taking another blogger to task for… uncritically repeating and boosting false information.
That’s kind of the textbook example of irony, actually.
The second is Seth Jayson at the Motley Fool (tip o’ the antlers to several readers who emailed this in).
There’s a large and tangled web here, but according to ZD Net’s George Ou, the effort to smear the computer security researchers was led by none other than Apple PR director Lynn Fox, aided and abetted by the brittle, easily fooled iSheep at Slashdot and Digg.
Mmm. Well, according to one of the two victims of Ou’s bizarre vendetta, Ou has no idea what the hell he’s talking about. So…
This comes from a company that’s proven to be unbelievably adept at marketing, beginning with its adoption of the MP3 player technology that others pioneered, and the successful creation of the mass fiction that it invented the concept.
The word is “reinvented”, dumbass. Apple reinvented the computer, it reinvented the MP3 player and it reinvented the phone.
It even says that in their marketing materials:
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh.
This is, after all, the same company that whitewashed a large options-backdating scandal, giving a free pass to CEO Steve Jobs for the bogus excuse that he didn’t understand the accounting implications.
Is it bogus? The Macalope suspects it is, but he doesn’t know. And neither do you.
Jayson also reaches back to a year ago when Apple fired an employee who jokingly waxed poetic about long hold times for support calls. Does the Macalope think that was the right thing to do? No.
But waaaaiiiiit fooooooor iiiiiiit…
Because, to its credit, the Motley Fool posts the portfolio of each of its writers. Jayson holds no AAPL, but he does hold MSFT.
Well, it’s probably because Microsoft never axed anyone for image reasons.
The Macalope holds an inconsequential number of Apple shares.