What’s with the anti-Mac sentiment?


Two blogs hat I read regularly — Right Wing Nation and Right on the Left Coast — have inexplicably posted some anti-Mac articles in the last few days. (Actually it’s just one article that was cross-posted.) In the article(s), there is some kind of attempt to connect Apple products with collectivist socialism. Quote:

I had no idea Macs had such a range of exasperating problems. But the nature of the problems is not surprising. They all revolve around the Operating System as God and the User as Insignificant Annoyance. Which reflects the Mac’s liberal origins. An operating system is like a government. Windows is like a Republican government. It gives you a tremendous amount of power and lets you run your own life, even if it screws up a lot. And if you screw up, it allows you to fix the problem yourself. The Mac OS is like a liberal government. It gives you very little power and tells you what’s good for you, and when something goes wrong, you have to run to an anointed Mac official to get it fixed.

Exsqueeze me? Windows gives you a “tremendous amount of power” and “lets you run your own life”, and “lets you fix problems yourself”? Is this the Bizarro-world version of Windows you’re running here? I switched away from WinXP five years ago precisely because the opposite is true. And having been a Mac user for about 1.5 years now, I have to say I have no clue where this sentiment is coming from other than a lack of experience with Mac OSX, jealousy, or some linear combination of those two. And Apple = socialism? That’s just plain silly.

The proprietors of these blogs are good writers and regular commenters here, and I appreciate them, but I have to know, what’s up with the Mac-hating, guys?

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3 responses to “What’s with the anti-Mac sentiment?

  1. Apple can’t take credit for OS X. It’s BSD.

    Personally, I abhor Macs because I despise machines that condescend to me. I hate cute. I hate user-friendly. The computer is a tool. It’s supposed to do what I tell it to do, when I tell it to do it, and how I tell it to do it. I don’t want a computer asking me questions or giving me little smiley faces.

    I have hated Macs since the first one came out. Macs are idiot boxes. And when OS X came out, jeez, all of the Unix and Apache mailing lists were full of messages from computer illiterate Mac users who had never compiled source code and had to be led by the hand through the process. “But can’t I just click a cutesy little icon?”

    Gack. Give me back my TRS-80.

  2. I wondered the same thing. I sent my hubby over there, Mac programmer, and he said, “Well that
    is a new twist on the Mac zealot idea. And of course he’s wrong. …Windoze is more like Democrat want in government in that is it a big bloated monoploistic OS that doesn’t work. And you have to do it the MS way or you are wrong. In reality the metaphors just don’t work.”

    I think that folks who program their computers might like Windows better. But unless it’s DOS, Windows uses Mac’s styling. And if you can program, you can program a Mac.

    I think it’s irrational.

    Because of course Macs are better.

  3. JimMc

    I fail to see how clumsy political similies do anything to help explain technical criticisms – except to expose a writer’s hopeless biases. If you can’t get people to buy into your technical argument without appealing to emotional (and irrelevant) prejudices, then why bother?

    On a side note, it’s amusing and pathetic how various right-wingers keep trying (and failing) to discredit liberalism by trying to link it with extreme things like Marxism (not to mention the knee-jerk left-wing reaction of linking conservatism with fascism). Time to come up with something that works cuz that stuff is really b-o-r-i-n-g.