They’re all crammed together in this nonsensical reader rant compiled by Robert X. Cringely from InfoWorld:
Instead of linking directly, I’m forcing you to copy and paste the link as I have not Emailed InfoWorld (The same InfoWorld, Inc. Johnson-Eilola references in The Database and the Essay) requesting hyperlink permission. If you don’t feel like going through all the extra fingerwork to highlight, copy & paste, let me tell you: the article–a loosely strung together collection of reader responses to other articles by Cringely–is an impressive platform for advertisements. Indeed, with content headlined by such gripping characters as Charlie Sheen and Watson, and strung together by more big-name Non sequiturs than you shake a Lady Ga Ga at, advertisements do become the most cohesive element of this text (at least I understand the point that the Sprint banner in the Sidebar is trying to make).
So, who is the author of this article? Considering that Robert X. Cringely, whose name is on the byline, has strung together excerpts from other texts (blogs, articles, etc.) perhaps, he sees himself more as an assembler (assemblage artiste?) than author. Perhaps, he not only shares authorship with the authors of the texts he quotes from and the highly recognizable names he liberally throws around this piece, but Sprint, Lumenson and the host of other flashing, twitching advertisers that led this reader to his article. Why not Apple, since they are not only mentioned in the article but the makers of the device upon which I am reading and blogging on? I mean, Cringely’s writing must have been influenced by a device similar to mine at some point in time, right? Maybe Google, because they make this “Chrome” browser? Maybe a miner in The Central African Republic who dug the rare elements that allow my computer to connect wirelessly or the factory worker in China who somehow merged that rare metal with cheap tin, silicon and industrial-quality gold to make this magnificent enigma of a tool that I am typing on. Without those folks, none of this information would go anywhere, so don’t they get some credit?