Originally Posted by teckstud
The reason I see bias is because there is bias.
When someone says for 2 years that the iPhone doesn't need or want MMS, video, or cut and paste and then champions it only because Apple then provides it, how else do you make a deduction and what do you call it? When posters defend Apple's ommission of firewire on a MAcBook and it gets added back on and won't admit Apple made a mistake- what do you call that? The same thing for matte screens. Remember - they were supposed to be nevermore according to the fanboys because Apple wasn't giving them. The comes the 17"- and it gets matte. And watch the others will also get matte(I'd bet) because it is far superior (glare does suck) regardless of fanboys assertion that noobody wants matte. They only say what Apple currently provides is what you need. Meanwhile netbooks sales are through the roof yet fanboys were saying, whenever I mentioned it, that a small formed device between 7-11" was no good - the MBA was all we needed. Then the rumours leaked and they all embrace it. It is a very sad train of thought actually.
The term is real and alive.
And herein lies the trouble. You're using "someone" without being specific, allowing you to create an aggregate "fanboy" by cherry picking (or simply misrepresenting) opinions from multiple posters on multiple topics over long periods of time, as if each Apple user must be held responsible for and remain consistent with every other Apple user or be revealed as a fanboy hypocrite.
This is how it generally works the internet over-- anyone expressing satisfaction with anything Apple does (or failing to belittle them or not getting excited about something Microsoft has done) is immediately branded a "fanboy" because "they" or "them" or "Apple users" or "people like that" have said something else, somewhere else, some other time.
The crux seems to be developing an opinion about Apple users in general which is then used to castigate each Apple user in particular, which is, not to put too fine a point on it, bullshit.
So if you read any other tech blog's comments, you'll see, over and over again, that when someone make a mild remark expressing support of Apple they are immediately met with a hail of "Here we go!" and "The fanboys are rushing to their master Jobs's defense!" and "Typical fanboy LOL stop blowing Steve and get a clue LOL!"
Really, it's pretty tiresome and at this point seems to be little more than an "acceptable" outlet for the kind of tribal animosities that might otherwise get directed toward race or religion. If you take a look at the level of vitriol that gets slung around you have to assume that the "death to fanboy" brigade are simply excitable bigots who can't get it up for the old standbys.
So unless you can give us some specifics about specific posters insisting that, say, the iPhone doesn't and never will need MMS, and those same posters
immediately declaring the inclusion of MMS on the iPhone some kind of Apple triumph, you're just blowing smoke out of your ass.