Miriam Ruiz
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{October 29, 2007}   Journalists avoiding writing about Free Software?

Some people around Free Software tend to be too enthusiastic and very critical, both with themselves and with other people. Whenever Linux or Free Software appear in the media, people who wrote the articles are severely and merciless attacked, and the criticism is not always constructive.

It might be hard to properly talk about these topics in a non-technical magazine or newspaper targeted towards the mainstream population, not only because they have to explain it in an understandable way for non-initiated people, but also because they’re usually very limited in space. Thus, many times the articles are inaccurate or incomplete, not always being a journalist’s fault, but also of the conditions in which the article has to be published, as well as the time they have to develop it.

Someone, a journalist, told me this last weekend that she tries to avoid writing stuff about Linux herself due to the harsh attacks she’s subjected to from the Linux and Free Software activists as soon as she publishes anything on that topic. I kind of understand that. It might be the same than when you write a program and release it as Free Software, and then some people get too demanding and aggressive towards you for not having done a perfect program and submitting to their wishes, instead of thinking about the effort invested in what is done.

I seriously think that we might be losing a lot of power and strength if we attack so much the media that support us than they fear us enough to avoid these topics. We’re on the same team, and it wouldn’t be so bad to be a little understanding and supporting of them, and rely on constructive and friendly criticism instead of treating them as if they were the enemy. They also have feelings, you know.




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