There are real stories and there are fake stories.
Real news stories are stories that actually matter. Like the Goldman Sachs story where some eggheads either caused or made worse the last recession. The oil rig that sank in the Gulf Coast. That’s a real story. It is a real problem and it has real consequences. The Arizona mess where the state has turned into a totalitarian regime? That’s a real story. Some ass lost his cellphone and some other ass grabbed it and sold it to another ass and then the ass’ job publish a slew of stories about it? NOT A STORY!
We’ve taken a close look at Apple’s next iPhone and it’s been quite a ride. Here’s what happened: Apple lost the next iPhone which they had cleverly disguised to look like an iPhone 3GS. We got our hands on it and shared all the details with you, including a dissection. In the meantime, our servers melted and our tech team worked overtime. We discussed how Apple missed chances to get the next iPhone back and cleared up some conspiracy theories by explaining why Apple didn’t leak the iPhone to us. (Heck, it’s not even about the iPhone!) In the end, Apple asked to get their phone back and we returned it.
So, why am I writing a blog post about it? Because I don’t believe in Chance or Fate. I believe in human beings. I believe we make the world that we want, for good and for bad. We do things to each other and what we do to each other changes the world. The planet gets hotter or we lose money or crime spikes in our cities. This is how it works. And it bothers me, it bothers me more than I thought it would, that Gizmodo thought it was a good idea to run a series of stories about the phone, that a guy thought it was a good idea to sell it to Gizmodo, and that Apple allowed the police to raid an editor at Gizmodo in order to get information back. None of this is right. None of it is a real story. It is like watching a movie about a movie maker. When did our flesh taste so good that all we could do is eat our own flesh, all day long…