Fanboys Revisited

Marco Arment, on how he copes with the “fanboy” label:

I used to attempt to defend myself against accusations of being a fanboy, but I just don’t care anymore. It’s impossible to express a useful opinion to any significantly sized audience without inadvertently angering someone enough to hurl irrational insults at you.

If given the choice between expressing an opinion and being useful, or pleasing most people most of the time by saying everything is great even when it isn’t, I’ll choose expressing an opinion every time. And if that results in derogatory feedback, so be it.

Marco’s second part nails it for me. I don’t care anymore either; the label is meaningless anyway.

I think it's important to note that fanboyism isn’t something exclusive to Apple users. I don’t know why so many people fail to realize that. For as much abuse Apple users take for supposedly being “brainwashed” by Apple’s marketing and being part of the Cult of Jobs, Android users are just as guilty for believing in Google’s pseudo-open philosophy, and the ability to do whatever you want with their devices. Fanboyism is a two-way street, and it applies to anything one finds favorable, not just technology. The term ‘fan’ is short for fanatic. Hence, one’s love and admiration of their favorite sports team(s) is no different than my love and admiration for all things new and shiny from Cupertino. It’s the same concept.