"There’s a nihilistic streak in tech journalism..."

parislemon:

John Gruber also had some choice words about the ridiculous Christopher Mims piece:

There’s a nihilistic streak in tech journalism that I just don’t see in other fields. Sports, movies, cars, wristwatches, cameras, food — writers who cover these fields tend to celebrate, to relish, the best their fields have to offer. Technology, on the other hand, seems to attract enthusiasts with no actual enthusiasm.

So true. I also think that many in the tech press, especially if they’ve been in the game a long time, simply get bored — or are almost forced to become cynical.

The technology industry is without question the best industry to cover right now, in my mind. But it’s harder to stand out when you state the truth: how amazing most (not all) things are. It’s much easier to stand out by saying the opposite, even if (and maybe especially if) it’s not actually true. If nothing else, contrarians tend to attract page views.

I believe this cynicism is also why so many in the tech press seem to burn out so quickly and seek work elsewhere. It’s hard to cover technology when you’re forcing yourself to hate it. You start hating yourself, I imagine.

I agree with this in a large part but I feel the same is true in many cases in cinema reviews. That is partially caused by reviewers having to sit through all of the banal crap that is released, which can understandably lead to fatigue and frustration. But I think some otherwise wholly enjoyable films get savaged because of this, while others get hyped all out of proportion to their quality, which I realize is a different sort of issue.

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    At least the Macalope makes fun of them.
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    Sports, movies, cars, wristwatches, cameras, food — writers who cover these fields tend to celebrate, to relish, the...
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    This also very much applies the video game press. Heck, it might apply even more so in video games.
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    I agree with this in a large part but I feel the same is true in many cases in cinema reviews. That is partially caused...
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