One of the recurring themes here at TMA is that most tech writing on the Tubes today sucks. Badly. The 2 major shitty writing contingents are: analysts who don’t know their industry and bloggers pretending to be industry insiders who don’t know their industry.
Present company excluded‚ of course.
One of the most telltale signs that you’re reading a spiraling soft-serve turd of tech journalism involves the use of certain phrases that let the author say stupid shit while at the same time let the author off the hook for saying stupid shit. So‚ as a service to the analyst and blogging communities‚ and all overlaps therein‚ below are two common terms to avoid when talking about technology – or really anything for that matter:
“May or may not.” Well‚ that doesn’t leave a whole lot of other options does it? The first person that wrote or uttered these words should have been hit so hard that anyone witnessing the brutality would be strongly deterred from being the the 2nd person to write or utter them. This is the excremental cornerstone of writing that is supposed to be based on facts or intelligent speculation – which is another way of saying it is the most commonly used term in tech blogging.
“Only time will tell.” Yes‚ I imagine those things that are not yet known have the option of revealing themselves in the fullness of time. Was I a horrible analyst whose only claim to fame was the diametric relationship between my predictions for company x and their eventual reality? Only time will tell. I propose use of the term as written by any member of the media be punishable by having the author shot in the face.
Man up‚ tech writers. If you’re going to sling crap‚ don’t throw like a girl.