Even better than an opinion on a topic is something to back it up– a reputation, or especially some supporting evidence.
The internet age is ripe with opinions, but starving for substance. Never one to shy away from a little straight shooting is Apple’s co-founder, Steve Wozniak, who, now that Steve Jobs is gone, and the most important tech figure named Steve is Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, has decided to pick up the slack and open his mind.
Not so that something new can enter, but that whatever’s in there already has a clear path to slide out and become part of the public record.
Wozniak’s latest is chronicled in Bloomberg.
We used to have these ads, I’m a Mac and I’m a PC, and the Mac was always the cool guy. And ouch, it’s painful, because we kind of are losing that.
How? Woz doesn’t say.
And that’s the problem with today’s punditry. The opinions are there but quite often they don’t match the facts available, and seldom offer any supporting information.
Woz thinks Apple should open up the ecosystem by letting Microsoft and Android use iTunes.
Why? Woz doesn’t say.
Wozniak thinks BlackBerry will need to switch to Android but could survive because of the company’s reputation as a hardware builder. That isn’t working too well for BlackBerry these days, though.
Why should BlackBerry switch to Android? Woz doesn’t say.
This is a good example of what is taking place in mainstream journalism these days. Where’s the follow-up question? Tech pundits and tech bloggers can pontificate opinions all day, but perspective means little without some modicum of support.
Steve Wozniak fits well into this new age genre of opinions and perspectives without substance. In the age of ‘what have you done for me lately?‘ what’s the last great thing Woz did?