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Re: Indiscriminate usage of phrase "Microsoft haters" by journalist
Milan; That's because it's shorter and snappier than saying "Microsoft
Business Practice Haters"....
FWIW, Microsoft also created the term "OS/2 Zealots"... Now it's being
modified to go after their current targets (now that OS/2 is virtually dead)
"Unix Zealots" and "Java Zealots". This is intended to include anyone who
uses Linux and anyone who prefers the multi-platform capabilities of the
so-called "100% Pure Java"...
Scott K. McGrath
Milan Zimmermann wrote:
> There seems to be a new sport of labeling people concerned about
> Microsoft monopoly by the phrase "Microsoft haters".
> I live in the Toronto area and just last week there has been two (out of
> two I have seen) comments referring to "Microsoft haters". [CBC NBN
> evening edition last week and the Dec 13 Toronto Star newspaper Business
> section]. Essentially, anybody who thinks 1) Microsoft practices are
> close to monopolistic/ 2) Netscape browser is better than Microsoft's/
> 3)many others/ are being labeled as "haters".
> Obviously this is highly unfair/derogatory to people on this list and
> many, many others. I am wondering whether some PR efforts should be
> done to address this.
> In any case, I am attaching a copy of my e-mail to the Toronto Star
> Dear Editor:
> The Saturday, Dec 13 "Business Today" article "Microsoft could hurdle
> judge's ruling on browser" by Steven Theobald contains on two occasions
> the phrase "Microsoft haters".
> I would like to discuss the author's language here. Yes, there are
> people genuinely concerned with the Microsoft de-facto monopoly in the
> Operating Systems markets (about 90% world-wide). This has nothing to do
> with hate! The phrase "Microsoft haters" has been created by Microsoft
> Public Relations and it is VERY DISTURBING to read this phrase repeated
> without thinking by some journalists.
> I would welcome that the author of your articles did not offend readers
> and create an image that everybody who is not using Microsoft product is
> a hater of a sort as documented by this quote from the article!
> "But even die-hard Microsoft haters will be hard pressed to fork over an
> extra $100 or so to buy Netscape"
> .. I for one, will. And I am no hater.
> I trust that correction to this article or apology will be mentioned.
> Milan Zimmermann
> Milan Zimmermann