> : Personally, I have no great interest in Macs, Linux, etc. But I know
> : others do, and that they have their valid uses. I feel that a program
> : should at least *mention* that there are a variety of options and
> : outline their relative pros/cons. If they then went on to say, "well,
> : most people buy w98" and then spend most time on it, fair enough.
> I'd hope they mention Apple at *some* point, not because I have any
> great love of the machines (I loathe them, actually :-), but because it
> isn't windows. However, there isn't much point in mentioning anything
> else as those capable of running them (linux, *BSD, etc., etc.) will
> already know about them, and a programme like this is aimed at the
I understand why you are saying this, but I feel it is a 'dangerous'
viewpoint. It implies that *only* those who have *already* heard of linux,
etc, by 10th Jan 1999, are capable of learning how to use or prefer them.
How will those 'capable of running them' know about the existence of
alternatives if no-one ever tells them?
I'd be the first to agree that 'unix as we have known it' isn't exactly
user-friendly for newbies. :-) Nor am very keen on Macs... However, we
have to consider how anyone who is currently growing up, or learning about
computers for the first time, will even know that alternatives *exist*.
By *not* even admitting that such alternatives exist, the BBC and others
are providing a form of 'censorship'. As my previous message said, I can
see why such programs would concentrate on win98, but I am bothered by the
complete 'invisibility' of potential alternatives.
Fair enough if the vast majority choose win98 for reasons that make sense
to them. But what about the minority who *might* have preferred something
else if only they had known it existed?...
Just my view, though. Based on a strong dislike of censorship and partial
information. To me 'free choice' implies the availablity of the relevant
information. I feel the BBC fails in its duties in this general field. But
then I also take a dim view of the BBC in general, these days. Must be I'm
getting old! ;->
Quote:> : I want to BBC to promote the freely informed ability of listeners to
> : make real *choices*. As it is, they simply promote a monoculture.
> Because there is no other real choice ATM. Apple just about makes it,
> but even they're a small minority. For the average User-On-The-Street,
> a 'doze-based PC probably *is* the best option, sad to say.
For the "average" (by which I assume you mean "majority") perhaps yes...
but what about various 'minorities'?
The BBC at least take semi-seriously its responsibility to provide
programs and information for racial minorities, the disabled, etc. They
don't say (any more!) that "Most UK people are fit and white, so we can
ignore anyone who isn't."
I accept the above isn't really a fair comparison, but as an analogy I
think it does serve to make a point. Note that there are lots of special
interest features in other areas. e.g. I just saw a BBC2 prog about TVR.
Interesting program, impressive engineering, but perhaps the BBC should
not have made it as only a tiny minority will ever buy or drive a TVR?...
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