As an aficionado of Apple products, perhaps the most irritating thing about the culture is the elitism of the die-hard fans. Although i admit, i’d prefer a mac over a PC, they are by no means mutually exclusive- unfortunately, most people tend to be of the disposition that you need to choose one or the other, and are obligated to mock those of the unchosen faction- the cultural image of a turtleneck-clad apple user showing off their MacBooks or their iPads in a Starbucks are deeply ingrained into our minds, as is the anthropomorphized, bumbling PC having to deal with the verbal abuse of his “trendier” counterpart. All it seems to accomplish is portray the mac user as a stuck-up snob- now, me, I prefer to think practically- I take a mac first for the stability, and am planning to pick up a PC to cover the things it can’t do- and on the subject of smart phones, i don’t care whether the one i eventually get is an iPhone, Droid, or whatever- just whichever one is the most functional. Competing companies are good in the long run- if you don’t have a rival, you don’t have any reason to keep improving, but all the hate between user-bases seems unwarranted, in my opinion.
At the risk of sounding cliche, I’d like to ask this – Can’t we all just get along?
– Post contributed by John Kamerer