Writing About Things You Don’t Understand

Yesterday, thanks to the ever interesting Unofficial Apple Weblog, I came across this gem of an article published in a US student newspaper. In their posting, TUAW post it alongside a link to this apparently spoof review of the Mac Mini.

However, the new article is a review of Boot Camp by someone who doesn’t appear to have seen it or tried it, and patently doesn’t understand the technology. I won’t go over everything that is wrong with what is said as I passed it on to Howard who thoroughly dissected it point by point.

Having said that, although the student article is an extreme example, it is a pretty common problem. I can highlight examples of mainstream media that often produce this kind of ill informed article – take the RFID article from the BBC that I grumbled about last week.

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