John Gruber also had some choice words about the ridiculous Christopher Mims piece:
There’s a nihilistic streak in tech journalism that I just don’t see in other fields. Sports, movies, cars, wristwatches, cameras, food — writers who cover these fields tend to celebrate, to relish, the best their fields have to offer. Technology, on the other hand, seems to attract enthusiasts with no actual enthusiasm.
So true. I also think that many in the tech press, especially if they’ve been in the game a long time, simply get bored — or are almost forced to become cynical.
The technology industry is without question the best industry to cover right now, in my mind. But it’s harder to stand out when you state the truth: how amazing most (not all) things are. It’s much easier to stand out by saying the opposite, even if (and maybe especially if) it’s not actually true. If nothing else, contrarians tend to attract page views.
I believe this cynicism is also why so many in the tech press seem to burn out so quickly and seek work elsewhere. It’s hard to cover technology when you’re forcing yourself to hate it. You start hating yourself, I imagine.