- 11 Jan 07, 02:19 AM
In retrospect I think I may have been a bit rude and I guess I could have been a bit more sympathetic to the view point, and, let's face it, I could have kept my trap shut. But then I didn't, so here I am.
Here at the centre of the shiny box universe we are privy to all sorts of treats - if you like nasty soggy rolls they are provided at lunch time and if you desire coffee; that's available too - so we aren’t starving.
As part of the entertainment there is a press room that has around a hundred notebooks running Windows Vista where the world's technology press goes to file stories, send e-mails - and in my case play a couple of rounds of spider solitaire.
It's entertainment if you like watching a bunch of journalists poring over keyboards muttering to themselves producing a soft cacophony of expletives, laughs and sighs.
Generally, though, it's a rum bunch up for a laugh.
Until earlier this morning, that is. While attempting to break my solitaire record a man with a beard sighed loudly and proclaimed to us all: "That dang Apple story is over all the tech news pages".
I rather smugly thought to myself well it ain't all over ours.
Let’s face it "Apple makes big noise over 'so what' product" is hardly a news story to lead with even on a slow day, but I kept my own counsel.
The bearded man went on telling us about the blanket Apple coverage.
I said: "You should try the BBC tech website we aren't leading on the Apple story."
He came back: "I only ever look at the blog sites... " and I heard myself say "Oh I see. Sorry, we only deal in real news…”
I think I'm a bad person for saying that; am I wrong? Sure blogs are an important tool but is that it?
Surely we don't go to people who "heard it from some bloke" for our news? "This is the news at Ten, according to my mate this new Apple phone is really good and innovative - innit"
Don’t get me wrong - I'm all for giving opinions (could I honestly say anything else) but we don't have to take them SERIOUSLY do we? I mean the sound of a crowd of Steve Jobs obsessives grinding axes is hardly important to the rest of humanity.
It seems to me that this is the catch to free speech on the web - you have the complete freedom to spout the most unutterable rubbish (which for the record I support), but before too long it becomes some people'a reality - and that can't be good.
There are some things that the BBC does spectacularly badly and there are times when we get it wrong. But by god, we would miss the reality that it and all the other grown up news organisations bring to us if they went away.
Long live real news