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Re: Indiscriminate usage of phrase "Microsoft haters" by journalist
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- Subject: Re: Indiscriminate usage of phrase "Microsoft haters" by journalist
- From: Mitch Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Tue, 16 Dec 97 09:35:26 -0000
In reply to Milan Zimmermann's message sent 12/16/97 4:03 AM:
>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
You've done exactly what you ought to have done, in my opinion. The terms
"Microsoft basher" and "Microsoft hater" have already been enshrined in
the buzz word hall of fame -- so don't be surprised if you receive no
response to your letter. The press are difficult to disabuse of a notion,
no matter how wrong-headed, once it reaches the status of cherished
This incident (all to frequently repeated elsewhere), brings up an
important issue. Microsoft's PR is difficult to combat because it is a
well-funded and highly orchestrated effort. I stop short of believing
that we in the "resistance" need to be similarly "organized," but I do
believe we need to be prepared to address certain critical points in a
somewhat consistent fashion, in letters to editors and wherever else we
might find ourselves talking about the Microsoft Problem. Once the press
begins to hear the same things being said, over and over again, and from
different sources, they will eventually respond by more accurately
representing the other side of the debate.
Perhaps this is a good place to develop these talking-points. Any
comments? Any takers?
Forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit. (Perhaps, someday,
it will give us pleasure to remember this ordeal).
Boycott Microsoft ** http://www.vcnet.com/bms