The Incoherent Values of Technology Journalism

Submitted by C B Wright on

From Superosity, by Chris Crosby.

Over at I took Infoworld to task for publishing a list of technology predictions for the coming year that were, as near as I could tell, mind-bogglingly lazy in scope. But Infoworld, it appears, is only a minor-league player in this vast wilderness of hyperbole-riddled pablum, and they have been trumped by another publication whose recent proclamations are so egregious that I was compelled to take out of the mothballs a little early (I'd planned on a 2007 revival) in order to do them justice.

CRN bills itself as "Vital Information for VARs and Technology Integrators." One assumes, then, that the information it chooses to publish on its site is information that VARs and people who spend their time integrating technology absolutely must have. The truth of this I leave up to those VARs and technology integrators who actually read the publication, since I am neither -- unless compiling the most recent version of ndiswrapper on my Kubuntu Edgy laptop in order to get wireless access counts as "technology integration." Still, after picking up on this little tidbit from Slashdot, I have to wonder if perhaps the VARs and technology integrators are getting their money's worth when they read this publication.

Like all publications that attempt to convince their loyal readers that they have their finger on the pulse of whatever part of society they are covering, CRN engages in end-of-year navel-gazing. Of particular note this month is their 2006 Products of the Year, a Top Ten list that purports to tell you the ten most important products that were released in 2006.

One of those products? Microsoft Vista.