Highlight inadequacies and failings, but do so with open eyes to the broader landscape. In a world of curated followings and news resources, it’s far too easy to fall into the genuine belief that even our most extreme opinions are justified. And that’s truly dangerous.
Adhering to arbitrary allegiances and marrying oneself to analysts when it’s most convenient makes for a reductive and negative view of the marketplace. The notion that Apple builds the very best products and operating systems simply does not have to preclude the concept that its competitors are doing good and impressive things too. Conversely, the notion that Apple’s got a stranglehold on its supply chain and has a locked down operating system does not preclude an amazing all-round experience.
The Internet is a vast chasm of disproportionately aggressive opinion, but our community—one we tout as a bastion of intelligence and thoughtfulness—does not have to exist in such a manner. We’re better than that and we’re irrefutably capable of far more.
Change the word “Apple” with “Democrats”, “Google” with “Republicans”, and “Internet” with “Washington D.C.” and Matt is painting a picture of the state of partisanship in this county. It is depressing that the comparison can be made.