With the automotive tech space finally getting some coverage, two types of enthusiasts/journalists are coming to the fore.
The first is the most predictable: the “I’m in a car to drive” crowd. Typified by technophobic commenters and luddite journosaurs, they’re put off by even the most simplistic, user-friendly features, not to mention their failure to understand why the average consumer doesn’t want their social life to stop when they get behind the wheel.
The second is harder to pin down, but they’re starting to come out of the woodwork. They’re mainly comprised of auto journos and the occasional tech-saavy gearhead who’ve gotten a taste of the future and deemed themselves an instant expert. They don’t have a background in UI design and have little knowledge of graphics cards, resistive vs. capacitive touch screens or processing power. They have just enough enthusiasm to be dangerous, yet fail to inform their readers or friends with any real substance.
Toth are plagues on the house of autodom, but they’re here to stay. Best get used to it.
Jim Lehrer’s MacNeil / Lehrer Editorial Guidelines.
They are as follows:
Do nothing I cannot defend.
Cover, write, and present every story with the care I would want if the story were about me.
Assume there is at least one other side or version to every story.
Assume the viewer is as smart and as caring and as good a person as I am.
Assume the same about all people on whom I report.
Assume personal lives are a private matter until a legitimate turn in the story absolutely mandates otherwise.
Carefully separate opinion and analysis from straight news stories, and clearly label everything.
Do not use anonymous sources or blind quotes except on rare and monumental occasions.
No one should ever be allowed to attack another anonymously.
And finally, I am not in the entertainment business.
“It’s still a self-contained unit. You have to manage it yourself. It won’t grow unless you manually add tracks to it. There’s no serendipitous discovery. No social component. No Pandora or Last.fm-style suggestions that drop tracks you’ve never heard before, but already love. Google isn’t offering you a vast, new catalog. It’s just offering to hold your shit for you.”—@mat nails it with Google Music.