One Story, Two Readers, Two Opinions
Was I cruel to Microsoft in my recent review of Windows Vista, or was I far too kind? Let's ask the readers.
Yesterday, Reader A wrote:
I feel that your evaluation of Microsoft Vista's software was sugar coated.
Exactly three and a half hours later, Reader B wrote:
Thanks for the update. About thirty paragraphs of negative, one or two positive. Get with it fellow. The Mac will never be the system of choice. You would serve your readers better by telling us what we gain by upgrading. I'm one of those rare persons who use a computer for business purposes. I could care less if "iTunes" works or not on my system. Perhaps your article should appear in the children's column. Tunes, games, blogs, and the other B.S. will be the ruination of this technology.
It's still a mystery what, specifically, the readers didn't like about the piece. But what's not in doubt is that both read the same assessment and reacted in almost completely opposite ways. This is not the first time it's happened. I've written largely positive reviews about Apple software, only to have Mac zealots complain about my hatchet-job of a review. (Some people just can't take yes for an answer!)
Still, as a columnist, this kind of divided response isn't all bad. It's better than having everybody agree that I was biased towards one company or another. And it sure beats having nobody write at all!
April 3, 2007; 11:35 AM ET
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