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That's FUD

By regeya in MLP
Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 12:53:10 PM EST
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An editorial on OSOpinion discusses the phenomenon known as FUD. I know some folks don't even believe that FUD exists; some people dismiss claims of FUD as denial that, possibly, a particular report may be factual yet displeasing to the reader. I believe that, like trolling, it is a phenomenon that exists yet is easily misidentified.

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Some folks may find it hard to stomach the anti-Microsoft rhetoric (and note that possible anti-MS FUD is in an editorial about FUD) but it is, in my opinion, a good writeup about typical FUD from the Windows 95 era.


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Topical! (1.33 / 3) (#1)
by tjh on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 06:20:14 AM EST

You should've ended the article with:

And in other news, man lands on the Moon!

Best Modern Day Example... (3.00 / 11) (#2)
by DeadBaby on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 06:59:17 AM EST

Slashdot.org. They spread so much anti-MS FUD it's amazing. They've posted stories that were out right lies more than once. Even when the stories have some truth they try to twist them into being one sided.
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Not just anti-MS FUD on Slashdot (3.75 / 8) (#4)
by RangerBob on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 09:04:01 AM EST

FUD on Slashdot is extended well beyond just Microsoft. What's worse is that even when the stories are proven to be wrong, it still doesn't make a difference on there. There are no retractions, no anything. I mean, I hate a lot of these corporations as much as the next person. But, I don't think a lot of people there see a problem with complaining about how these companies lie about things while they're lying about the companies.

Slashdot reminds me a whole lot like a tabloid. Most of the posters on there tend to skew the stories or omit just enough facts to get everyone whipped up into a frenzy. So you end up with 400 comments going off on things with one or two that try to point people to the whole story/correct version.

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There are (a few) retractions (4.33 / 3) (#6)
by nstenz on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 11:07:38 AM EST

... There are no retractions, no anything.
Actually, there are generally corrections in the SlashBack posts. However, since they're a rehash of what's already old news... and since no one cares anyhow... no one notices the few things they do correct. Just don't say there are no retractions at all. That would be anti-Slashdot FUD- and we certainly don't have any of that here. *grin*

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Ed (2.00 / 4) (#7)
by finial on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 11:39:06 AM EST

You say:

Slashdot reminds me a whole lot like a tabloid.

You, I think you're right. Many, many of the posts there really do seem a lot like they were written by Ed Anger.

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The way of the world (3.00 / 3) (#8)
by Frosty on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 12:28:43 PM EST

I think that nearly evryone on Slashdot knows you always rip on MicroSoft (M$, Micro$oft, etc.) Everyone has fun venting their frustrations, and getting a few laughs. The Trolls enjoy suckering some newbies into some sort of flame-war.

I live in Chicago, and to some people around here, baseball is a big deal. More specifically The Cubs/Sox are a big deal. Now if you get a bunch of Cubs fans together they'll all have a good laugh ripping into the Sox for things that are only slightly true (lots of FUD-ish stuff), and the same happens with a Bunch of Sox fans getting together.

MS bashing, even when done with the help of blatent lies, is just the OS/Slashdot/Nerd (pick your monicker) community's way of blowing off some steam, and having a few good laughs. (Another good example of this is the Mac/PC debate, lots of opinions, not a lot of facts, just lots of flying mud.

So Leave SlashDot alone, let them have their fun, most people who would defend MS or be offended at the fun being made at MS's expense don't really read or post to slashdot anyways

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slashdot and microsoft (3.33 / 3) (#5)
by Abstraction on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 09:21:39 AM EST

I think they just post a Microsoft story to test their system under a heavy load. It seems to bring out every anti-MS bigot on this earth to post. Most of them don't even read the article, they just see 'Microsoft' and start panting and posting anti-ms propanganda.

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True. (3.50 / 2) (#9)
by regeya on Wed Aug 08, 2001 at 12:53:15 PM EST

Kuro5hin, of course, is never guilty of this.

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I Don't Think You Read the Article (4.00 / 1) (#10)
by Ruidh on Thu Aug 09, 2001 at 12:28:38 PM EST

FUD is not mere propaganda. It is not misinformation.

FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt -- can only be perpetrated by the overwhelming leader in a marketplace. By making you worry that the piece of hardware you want to buy might not work with the next release of the leading OS, the marketplace leader can influence your purchases. "What? OS XXX won't support Frob devices?" allows the market leaders to influence purchase decisions where it counts most -- corporate purchasing.

Whatever strong point of view gets airplay on /., it ain't FUD unless it comes from someone who can instill either Fear, Uncertainty or Doubt.

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