Mossberg: Hey Fanboys, Relax and Take a Deep Breath


Walt Mossberg says your tech hardware, software, and services should not be religious objects and the companies that make them should not be follows as if they were a cult.

It is perfectly normal to like or even love using your iPhone or Android phone, but Mossberg reminds us that they are only tools, you will not get to heaven by using one or go to hell for preferring another brand.

The biggest tech religion is the Church of Apple, with countless blogs defending its every move, regardless of whether it’s a good one. Some carry a sort of permanent sense of suspicion from the old days of the 1980s, when using a Mac was considered weird by many.

Here is a message from Mossberg to all you fanboys and fangirls out there:

So, to all you fanboys and fangirls out there: Calm down. Enjoy your phones and tablets and laptops and software. But don’t overlook their flaws, and don’t hate people who like other stuff.

You can read Walt Mossberg’s full commentary here.

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher have left the Wall Street Journal and started a new site called Re/code, a technology news site and conference business to succeed AllThingsD which they both founded. On Thursday, they said their new venture will be backed by Comcast’s CMCSAC.UL, NBC Universal, and Windsor Media.