Angus: Any press is press?

Angus reading the paper

Reading the various internet news this week raised my curiosity. While the internet has allowed many people to voice their opinions (including this one), the press should maintain some level of independence in their reporting. Which means, being accountable to the facts, and keeping the spin out of the story. Yet, along with good grammar and decent spelling, facts are hard to come by.

The first concern was about a report on our first back-in-action blog. This attention is flattering, and certainly follows the “any press is good press” rule. However, the report was not accurate. One paragraph started:Last month, I spoke at two modernization events in South Africa“.The next paragraph began:This week, I spoke with a customer who has an iSeries.

In the report, these two paragraphs were connected with:In South Africa, Perry spoke with companies still stuck with AS/400s, coding like it is still 1999, and in general, not keeping up with modern technology. As a result, one IT director there felt he had two options “” outsourcing the System i work or moving to a Java-based application infrastructure.

The cause of the confusion was that the second paragraph is about an iCustomer in New York state. Surely the reporter could tell that? A review of thatentryrevealed that is was not clear of the location, but maybe the time frame could have revealed some clue? In any case, there is a lesson here for writing blogs that will definitely be used in the future.

The second concern was a report about a new software solution. It began as though it was a news report, then these words were thrown in: “No fewer than five companies have been working closely together for nearly a year to bring the creative yet cost-effective solution to market“.How many are “no fewer than five“? This is the kind of ‘reporting’ that turns an article from news to marketing spiel. And, a reporter might have said it was “low cost”, while a marketer would use the words “cost effective” – the latter being not factual in this case, given that the solution is new and not yet proven to be effective, let alone cost effective.

Whatever the reasons, in both cases the truth was obscured. This approach of over-reporting does seem to be rampant in our world. Check out the James Randi youtubevideoincluded below for some interesting insights on this phenomenon. You will find a ton of information there!!

Maybe this is why our platform continues to be misrepresented in the ‘press’. Those who would have the business of converting from IBM i to an alternate platform have a lot to gain. There is one company well known for its complete and utter misrepresentation of the state of IBM and IBM i, but the FUD it generates causes questions that are difficult to counter.

I am dedicated to being more diligent with this blog, and to spreading the IBM i word with professionalism and truth – along with opinion to add flavor and spice. I encourage the reporters of our world, and the other bloggers in our space to raise the standard of our voice in the IT world.

Get to it….

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