Apple kool-aid hangover: Those who know me best would suggest if the only place one could use a Mac was some small encampment in Guyana, I’d likely pack up and move. They know how much it pains me to watch the company I’ve toasted with garbage cans full of kool-aid sue a website devoted to servicing the crack-addict-like need those like me have to learn every sliver of rumor we can about the future of products we not only love, but ponder and defend and take pilgrimages to worship.
Here is a small sampling of what the macosphere (and discerning observers of it) are saying tonight about Apple vs. the weblogger:
Dan Gillmore:“I ‘m fairly sure of this: If the party leaking information to Think Secret had sent it, say, to the San Jose Mercury News or New York Times, and had those publications run the news, Apple wouldn’t be suing them. Both have deep enough pockets to defend themselves. I hope the EFF or some other organization will defend Think Secret. I don’t know if there’s counter-suit potential for interfering with freedom of the press. But I do know that if citizen-based journalism is to have a prayer of making headway, we need to deter, not just counter, moves like Apple’s.
Om Malik: “MacWorld (Magazine) or other official mac pubs don’t do much enterprise reporting because Apple can turn the advertising spigot off and throttle them. The indies, who are getting sued do a lot of hard work in digging up stories. They are a combination of Bob Woodward and Dick Tracy. Think Secret, in my opinion is a good site, with a track record that resembles that of New York Yankees. I am amazed that Apple decided to sue them? I think their rumor-reporting creates a certain buzz for Apple’s forthcoming products.”
John Gruber: “Shutting down individual rumor sites won’t do Apple any good; dozens of new ones would replace them. But by making harsh examples out of whoever leaked these rumors, Apple stands a good chance of discouraging other would-be leakers from unsealing their lips in the future. And if Think Secret coughs up their sources without a fight, you can be sure that such cowardly disregard for confidentiality will be widely publicized. I’ve never understood what motivates someone to risk their job to supply rumor sites with upcoming product info, but you’d have to be an outright moron to do so if you knew that Think Secret will reveal your name to Apple upon request of their attorneys. Apple doesn’t need to shut Think Secret down; they just need to make it known that Think Secret is unwilling to protect sources’ confidentiality.”
Developing. Or, perhaps a better word, fermenting.