Snnnzzzzzzz!!!! WHAT, WHERE’S MY ALARM????

I don’t know what to make of the fact that my first blog post of the new year is about the iPhone alarm mishap, but I just wanted to highlight this issue and the fact that the mainstream news media doesn’t really know what they are talking about. This morning marked the third day that my alarm didn’t work just as it didn’t work for many across the globe according to a report from Reuters. ABC news and other sources reported yesterday that Apple said the alarm glitch would be working as usual come Monday morning. It didn’t.

The problem I have is not so much with Apple as I continue to have faith in the company and I firmly believe that they get the publicity of these insignificant events because their products are so popular. My problem is that when a major news outlet reports on the mishap with their so-called technology guru and provide misleading information. I suspect they do so just because they know that Apple products are so popular that it will drive their ratings as people tune in to hear what’s going on with the glitch.

I just wonder why the Tech. news guru’s can’t use some of their own logic to report what may or may not happen. I mean I played around with the alarm on my iPhone 4 and even downloaded a few alarm apps. Nothing worked. I don’t profess to know everything about technology, but I figured that if the glitch didn’t work after two and half days, then it probably wouldn’t work without some sort of an update or patch downloaded from Apple. Thankfully, I used an old-school alarm clock to get up this morning, even though I don’t have to be to work today 🙂 So if the experts on the news stations can’t figure it out, I don’t think they should report on it as they do. But that’s not likely to happen.

This is the main reason I get information from multiple sources. I watch the news, read the paper (online), but also get most of my news through social media. In the coming year I suspect we will see even more of the mainstream media news outlets turning to social media to report on things rather then doing the legwork themselves. I don’t know if this is a good or bad thing, because I feel like if they use social media, they don’t often take into account that there are many viewpoints and they may only take one or two, which could be misleading.


About jimmysw
Associate Professor of Social Work with a focus on the Future of Social Media, Social Work Education and all things technology.

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