Originally Posted by island hermit
... or there's always the possibility that your perspective is fucked.
Yeah or maybe just...different
C'mon, the 'fucked perspective' thing is a a bit rich isn't it, just because I have a differing opinion and find it 'weird' that a bunch of folks queue outside a store for absolutely nothing new or exclusive except a free t-shirt/ad for a large but innovative corporation somehow makes my perspective 'fucked'.
Really, was my personal 'non hype' induced ironic observation that personally insulting and hard to comprehend through foggy fanboy eyes?
Look, lets face it all obsessions are weird. To use the previously favoured old rock and roll story, years ago I took the morning off work to buy Nirvana tickets. When I arrived late to work several folks thought it was completely 'weird' that I would call in late to buy concert tickets for a bunch of long haired flannel wearers. Guess what? They were right, it was 'weird' to do such a thing. Considering what eventually happened to that band and factoring in that the queue I lined up for ended up being the only chance I had to see that band, I'm really glad I did skip work.
Here's the thing though, I wasn't personally insulted by the people who disagreed with me and who thought skipping work was a 'weird' thing to do, in fact I realised, that from their perspective, it was indeed 'weird', I never felt the need to tell them that their perspective/opinion was 'fucked' though, then again I didn't have the opportunity back then to respond to them under an alias in an internet forum.
I think some of you folks might be assuming that I somehow 'don't get' what is so great about the the Apple pop culture explosion, the innovation, the queues, the opening and the continued rise of Apple into the consumer world (kinda like I don't 'get' Lady GaGa or Katy Perry) but honestly, I do understand it, am impressed by it and look forward to seeing what Apple have in store for the future, I'm just also completely entertained by the absurdity of the whole thing, how seriously people take it and how upset some of them get when you offer an alternative view to the overly positive PR onslaught.
With a reaction like 'your perspective is fucked' you'd think I'd somehow insulted someone's 'god'.
They used to call us Mac users a cult but the Apple user of today has evolved into something else altogether, an organised religion, which is both exciting AND scary all at once.
That's OK though, just like the Grand Central store opening, it is perfectly ok to be both excited AND 'weirded out' at the same time, you don't have to pick one or the other and taking a more rigid, unquestionable and orthodox stance doesn't somehow make you more right or a more understanding, worthy fan.