On the lastest edition of Andy Ihnatko’s Almanac Mr. Ihnatko shared his thoughts and insights on his process of writing a product review. Ihnatko is a free lance technology journalist who is most known for his articles in the Chicago Sun-Times, and his podcasts work on the TWiT and 5by5 networks. He is also known for his trademark sideburns, quit wit, and encyclopedic knowledge of all thing nerd.
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I do attempt to be fair, and I try not to be critical just for the sake of flaw finding, and I find no joy in posting link bait. Much of what I do or do not enjoy on aspects of some of the podcasts and blogs I post a commentary upon is really quite subjective. There is not much use of arguing that a Chevrolet in blue is terrible, but in silver the car just sings. The next person could have a wholly opposite view, and there is no way to come to an agreement. When I do find something subjectively pleasant or troubling with a show or an episode I try and call myself out. I am painfully aware how much I fail. Authoring a post that is positive is more useful than banging out some hit piece, and I would submit more useful the majority of the time to the reader. I must balance this out with giving my honest views on a topic than sugar coating it. If a podcast I normally enjoy goes off the rails for whatever reason, not discussing such a thing would be a disservice to the reader and the podcaster. The negative ought to be discussed in respectful tones. Snark and venom might be nice for the moment but does any readers a disservice in the long run. Lately, Ihnatko who is known in the tech computer as a fan of Apple products as pointed out some issues with Apple's iPhone vs some of the newer generation of Android phones. A person with a lessor track record, I would weigh his opinion less seriously. I would wonder if he was bitter at Apple or just wanted to create a stir. However, because of his past history of fair critiques I actually pondered whether to hold off in getting the latest iPhone. Ihnatko has garnered credibility and stature. For me this is something I, and I would hope most folks in the skeptical community would strive for too.
While it is a bit off the skeptical path, I would recommend this episode of Almanac to anyone who spends part of their time authoring a blog or podcasting commentary on the works of others. Anything that forces one to be reflective is a useful exercise. This episode of Almanac prove to hit those buttons for me.
cross posted on TheUndergroundteapot