The overwhelming amout of traffic generated by our “stupid” Android vs. iPhone article demonstrated that the relationship between tech and politics bears further discussion. We’re constantly amazed by two things when reading reader comments on sites like Gizmodo and Engadget.
Overwhemingly, the authors (we use that term loosely when referring to Gizmodo) tend to skew liberal in the language and references used in the content. It is only when you read the comments sections do you get anything resembling a conservative viewpoint. It’s also the only place, on Gizmodo, where spelling and grammar are paid much credence.
Yes, Jesus and Sam, we get it. You have to sling a little bit of that Gawker snark around working for Mr. Denton. But could you spend a little less time pontificating about who’s a sucky person and just show us the shiny goodies? Leave the questionable social judgement and shaky political analysis to us.
Engadget is miles ahead of Gizmodo when it comes to using a spellchecker (and generally calibre of writing), but still their content almost always leans left. Search thier story tags for “Republican Party” to see what we mean. Though, on ocassion, they have presented politically related stories free of commentary.
It’s not that surprising that tech blogs skew liberal. A constant barrage of new whigmaleerie is a young man’s game. And by default, younger people are more liberal, for fear of being thought unkind:
If you are young and not liberal, then you have no heart; but if you are old and not conservative, then you have no brain.
But as the election demonstrated, there is a huge demographic out there do not share the same social agenda. Why risk alienating almost half of your audience by being smug and judgemental? The response to our article has taught us that technology itself is politically agnostic. It’s time for our tech blogs to be as well.