For those of us without willpower, the last few months
of the year are a constant source of dread. It’s not the
stress of Christmas shopping or preparing for visits
from extended family; it’s that once a month, you’ll probably
stuff yourself to the point of discomfort, whether it’s
a Thanksgiving dinner, a buffet of Christmas desserts
or an unhealthy amount of Halloween candy.
But as 2012 inches to a close, there are a few things I’m already
full of as a writer in the tech industry. Many stories,
companies or topics exhausted their welcome on my news
feed, and I wouldn’t mind if they decided to take an extended
vacation during the holiday season (and maybe
even longer). Here are a few things I’m full of:
The Facebook IPO
Facebook’s huge initial public offering was a watershed
moment for the Web that solidified social media as a
major economic player. And when the stock eventually
tanked, it became irrefutable proof that it still wasn’t
mature enough to be taken seriously and that Mark
Zuckerberg’s hoodie was somehow to blame. More
likely, it’s just adjusting to a more reasonable price after
an outrageously overhyped IPO and things will probably
Nothing has made me want to take to the streets in
protest more than the never-ending patent conflicts between
mobile hardware manufacturers, most of which
were lobbied by the industry’s leading brand, Apple.
These tiring displays of legal bombast, and the media
coverage they receive, often seem to last longer than the
shelf lives of the products they’re arguing about in the
first place and undermine the actually important intellectual
property issues taking place.
It’s impossible to escape Google on the Web today, and
it’s just a fact we’ve all come to (begrudgingly) accept.
But can’t the company be satisfied with being the biggest
name in search, advertising, email and operating systems?
And does Google really need to keep hyping and
integrating its lackluster social network into everything?
It’s insistence on making Google+ a thing that people
have to do for a complete “Google experience” is a nice
metaphor for the company trying to shoehorn Internet
users into all of its services as it forces its way into our
lives with every new product it decides to offer.
I love infographics as much as the next guy and a good
one can make researching and writing about complex
information much easier. Still, we don’t need an infographic
for each study or survey conducted by every
marketing firm out there. Maybe we should limit infographic
usage to data that will be enhanced by the format,
rather than just because, “Hey, why not?”
Lately, there has been some drama around the issue of
hiring “millennials” (those born between 1976-2001) —
specifically fresh college graduates. Some said they were
too immature to be trusted with crucial low-level roles
in corporate business structures, while other said that
was probably true, but that hiring millennials was essential
for managers looking to prepare their companies
for the new business practices that will inevitably be
ushered in by these young, enthusiastic go-getters. And
I have to agree. Lay off us, why don’t ya?
To say that these topics are often overexposed doesn’t
mean that they’re not important; in fact, they’re all very
significant for Web professionals. But maybe, rather than
constantly revisiting the same topics, we take a more balanced
approach to selecting what’s “important” to write
about so that we can help all kinds of Web workers without
over-saturating, and thus undervaluing, things that
have already been covered sufficiently.