It’s a poor choice of words and probably even worse editing. Sarcasm isn’t a luxury journalists are afforded. I still think the comment reflects the overall state of thought around paid apps, however.
-Stephen Hackett,”The whopping $3.99 purchase price”, 512 Pixels
When discussing The Information the other day, I suggested that I didn’t care for a number of The Verge’s practices. I think The Verge happened to stumble upon a well-known sore spot for a lot of developers and technologists without realizing they were kicking a hornet’s nest with their self-professed “sarcasm”. Nevertheless, I had Mr. Hackett’s commentary in my to-share pile before the afore-quoted update was posted because the preference for free software in the app store has reached epidemic proportions. Of course, it doesn’t help when a site like The Verge decides to make stupid editing choices that just fuel the fire.
Posted: December 17, 2013