Media Watch: Bogus Trendspotting from the NYT on Vista Launch

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Today the Times is running an article with a now familiar trope: the Vista launch was a solid "meh," rather than an exuberant "wow." This kind of piece was fine before the launch when they said there was no hype. It was fine the day after the launch, when they said there were no lines. A week later, surely they have something new to offer, right, since we already knew that the launch was far from explosive? Like, you know, numbers showing how "not wow" the launch was?

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Shnope. Nothing. Not a single statistic—other than the number of stores that carried Vista (39k)—is offered in the piece to back up the assertion. It does little more than rehash an article that ran five days ago. This is shoddy trend reporting through and through. We're watching you, NYT. Next time you run this piece, you better have some numbers.

Microsoft's Vista Debut Wasn't Nearly So 'Wow' [NYT]

DISCUSSION

Good call ki_cz. Time wasted that could have been devoted to a nice meaty post exposing the danger of short circuiting laptops. I know its a serious topic because one time, in a starbucks, it happend to this random guy drinking a latte. I mean he could have spilled his drink into the keys, but sample data taken from one personal experience and good ol guts should be enough to write a piece on the subject right? No? Your right, because thats not reporting, thats gossip. It might be fit for a techie version of page six but not the NYT. Never be afraid to tip your own sacred cow.