In a recent iTunes review and forum thread, one of the listeners of my tech show dismisses me as just another “Apple fanboy,” simply because I favor that company’s products. But you’ve got to examine the actual definition of the phrase to see whether I fit that description. For that I am relying on a Wikipedia paragraph:
“A fan, sometimes also called aficionado or supporter, is a person with a liking and enthusiasm for something, such as a band or a sports team. Fans of a particular thing or person constitute its fanbase or fandom. They may show their enthusiasm by being a member of a fan club, holding fan conventions, creating fanzines, writing fan mail, or by promoting the object of their interest and attention.”
Well, I am not involved in any of those pursuits. I do have a Web site and a radio show covering personal technology, with an emphasis on Apple, but I am far from blind as to the company’s flaws. It’s all a matter of preference, not fandom. Since I’ve owned two Hondas, does that make me a Honda fanboy? But wait a minute, I’ve owned two VWs as well, not to mention three Buicks over the years. My position is not fandom, but expressing one’s preferences in the marketplace, and buying the best tools for the job at hand. For example, my router is a Cisco, not an Apple AirPort, simply because the latter doesn’t transmit an acceptable signal in my apartment.