Still a lot of cluelessness out there

Posted by Jim Jagielski on Thursday, December 2. 2004

I feel saddened when I read the so-called "Technology Columns" in local papers and business journals. Now I live in Maryland, not exactly a hot-bed of technology, but I think a pretty technically savvy location. Yet in the popular press we are still subjected to "experts" who characterize Open Source as "software created by hackers and then given away for free" and that Linux is an "operating system, like Windows, but mostly for developers." Is it that they simply don't care to actually really research it? Or is it that they think their "descriptions" are enough for their audience? Either way, there's still a lot of work to do.

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  • Paul Querna
    On a topic that I know about, I find the reported information to almost never be the 'whole truth'. I have seen this mostly with my local Television Stations, but I don't see why this wouldn't also apply to a News Paper. I don't believe most of the reporters are trying to be dishonest, rather, they have busy schedules and are just trying to get the job done with a minimum ammount of actual work. What worries me is, if they can be wrong about topics I already know, what about topics that I am ignorant of?

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