In that past I have been… critical… of the standards of technology journalism on the web. There’s a reason for that. It’s shit.
It’s so bad it’s an insult to my and your intelligence. It panders to partisan fanboys and trades in gossip. It passes off opinion as fact and flashy emotional language for actual content. It is the very definition of hackwork. And that’s a criticism that applies broadly across many websites many of whom are supposedly “big” names in the industry.
The quality and standard of tech journalism is so low it’s just laughable.
And what brings on my latest rant on this topic? Well there’s an article on a well known tech site today about how Google+ is now The Walking Dead with Vic Gundotra’s departure. I was expecting something along these lines. Actually the first question that popped into my head was how long before we got an article about how this is the end of G+… Because that’s how hacks think. No rational discussion of effects just… it’s the best ever… or it sucks… or it’s dead! Yes they are in fact a living embodiment of The Simpson’s Comicbook Guy.
But the headline was merely the start of the parade of incompetence. Apparently this website (no I’m not linking to them you can search and find the article if you must) has heard from “multiple source” (all anonymous of course) that Gundotra was fired because G+ was such a failure. This of course is a direct contradiction of everything that Google has said publicly and what other Google employees have said. But obvious that anonymous sources are more reliable because there are “multiple” of them. Right? Right?
Oh… but they have further proof! There’s a new building at the Google campus and the G+ team are being moved into it! Ooookay.…
It does sound like there may be some realignment going on with the Photos and Hangouts teams being associated with Android rather than G+ (not exaclty a huge stretch given that… you know they’re already on Android) but based on actual facts there’s nothing here that points to anything beyond the sort of restructuring that big companies do constantly. Except that’s a boring headline.
And there’s a big revelation (there’s always a big revelation). Apparently Google’s new plan is to make G+ a backbone. A platform rather than a service. This is actually true… since 2011.
This is how you do tech journalism in 2014. Take notes people. You too could spout ignorant supposition as fact and be famous!