Why does this site exist?
Apple is similar to the United States of America. There are problems with America, but I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Likewise, I use Apple products and feel they are better than the rest. Apple products are not perfect, but any small flaw is overblown due to social media and the blogosphere. This site tries to stay clear of the hype, apart from refuting it.
The name “Appledystopia” is facetious. I don’t think Apple is a horrible company bent on domination, any more than any other corporation. Everybody wants to rule the world. Corporations are amoral, not immoral. Their goal is to maximize profitability. They are accountable to their shareholders. For example, concerns about the environment are prevalent because “green washing” sells products.
“Appledystopia” is a satirical stab at the blogosphere and the hype bubbles it creates. If Apple dominates technology and tries to be too greedy, they will shoot themselves in the foot. It just opens the doors for competitors. This is what’s happening with Microsoft. They became too greedy and lazy. Apple is the new Microsoft — capturing both the consumer and corporate technology markets. (Unlike Microsoft, however, Apple has no enterprise back-end products, such as SQL Server, Exchange, .NET, etc.) Someday, if Apple gets too greedy and lazy, they will suffer the same fate. Some say this day has come. I still think Apple has many good years ahead of them. That said, look out Apple, because I’m keeping a close eye on you!
I abhor fanboys. I like Apple products and think they make the best technology. That said, they’re not perfect. I think being critical of Apple can only help. Honestly discussing product flaws and offering users help is constructive. Fanboy cheerleading and distorting facts is useless. I feel sorry for people who put so much of their self-esteem in the products they own. It’s sad to see people shill for corporations. Most people who exhibit these traits have never worked at a major corporation. As a veteran of corporate America, the notion of people sucking up to one company or the other, solely because they bought a certain smart phone or tablet, is pathetic. Brand loyalty is one thing, however, fanboys are just awful.
Today I own an iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Perhaps tomorrow I will have an Android, Windows, or BlackBerry smart phone or tablet — maybe even Tizen. One thing I have learned working in technology — choose the best technology at the time. Don’t rely on promises that “if you get this now, it will get better”. What do you gain by being a beta tester? Bragging rights if the product you chose becomes dominant? Do these people think anyone will be impressed when they say “I was using [such-and-such] back when it was new and buggy, but now it is the best”? That is the motivation — to be the technology oracle, predicting that the product is going to be great. In reality, all you get is a bad user experience and a reputation for being obnoxious. Most of the time these people are dreadfully wrong, led astray by bloggers and brilliant liars. Working in corporate America, I know that analytics firms are often paid to come up with evidence that a product is dominant, in lieu of actual sales figures. These same corporations wouldn’t bet money on outcomes based on this “data”. It’s about manufacturing consent.
Consumers can afford to make poor decisions. If you spent $600 on a WebOS tablet, you’re not going to be fired. I get it — you hate Apple so much, you’d never buy an iPad. Yes, unlike HP, Apple are evil and bent on monopoly. Oh, by the way, how much does ink for your HP printer cost? Oh, more than the printer itself? Enjoy your WebOS tablet and all the great things it can do. If you spent over a million dollars of your company’s money on some upcoming enterprise technology that flops, you will probably be fired (unless you are very good at blame-shifting). As a veteran of corporate America, I learned to be weary of corporate America. I also learned the valuable lesson — buy the best thing now, and don’t believe promises of “this is going to be the hot new thing, better than what’s best now”. It probably won’t…