The video above is blurry, it's shaky and yet it's absolutely amazing - it's the recent long, long queue of people waiting patiently to be among the very first Singaporeans to get their hands on the new iPhone 3GS!
As Tom Reestman said in his blog, TheSmallWave - Wow!
Yuppers, this is certainly one hell of a wowser of a line up.
However, what I really find interesting, about these now famous long Apple queues, is the reaction of many detractors on just why that is. For one thing, these detractors will state that these huge line ups are due to nothing more than simple minded, dumb and clueless Mac fan boys, all of whom where just brainwashed by Steve's 'reality distortion field', and Apple's marketing machine, into buying anything and everything that Apple cares to cram down their throats! Certainly, they won't imply or say that it has anything to do with the fact that maybe, just maybe, Apple's offerings are really worthy offerings.
For example, one of my nephews (who I won't name) said, of the following video, on the opening of the very first Apple store in Tokyo's fabled Ginza district:
"Of course, that's because their just only CRAZY MAC FAN BOYS! What else do you expect? Of course their going to line up, but most people don't want toy computers, they want real computers, computers that cost less, with higher specs, and ones that can run real software. Apple is just too small and irrelevant; it doesn't matter, it's not important. These line ups don't mean a thing. But, I will grant you though, at least they look good!"
Well, that's pretty amazing when I think about it. How come, it is, that when people line up to buy something from Apple, their all labeled as being just mindless fan boys, and simple minded idiots who are brainwashed into buying every piece of junk that Apple tells them to?
It's funny, but I don't remember hearing anyone say that about the much smaller lines of people who lined up to buy the Pre, or the BlackBerry Storm, or even when people lined up to buy Microsoft Windows 95!
Why is it, that when people line up to buy one of Apple's competitors products, such as the Palm Pre, that you don't hear any one saying it doesn't mean a thing, because we all know that they are just a bunch of mindless fan boys?
Trust me, if Microsoft, or Palm, or whom ever, could actually command the kinds of line ups that Apple has been known to get, well, they would be shouting it from the mountain top, and stating that it's because their products are so cool, so wonderful and so fantastic! Surely, you won't hear them, or anyone else, saying it's because those lining up are a just a bunch of meaningless fan boys!
Maybe I''m wrong, maybe I''m missing something here, but this unfair treatment of dicing all Apple customers, by some, as being nothing more than a bunch of meaningless fan boys is not only unfair, but it's clearly the work, and propaganda, on the part of some other fan boys, namely those of the Windows and Linux kind, as well as to some high priced marketing by Apple's competitors such as Microsoft!
Mind you, there's nothing wrong with being a fan boy. If you love OS X, or you love Windows, Linux, or what ever, that's ok and fine by me. It's when it gets to the point of one fan boy denigrating another that bothers me. In other words, being a fan boy is NOT wrong in and of itself, but being an EXTREME fan boy certainly is! For a Linux or Windows fan boy to attack and paint all Apple loving fans as being nothing but a bunch of blind, mindless slaves of Steve Jobs is just plain wrong! And that goes the other way as well, when Mac fan boys attack, as I have sadly seen, their Windows or Linux fans.
Just because I personally prefer OS X to either Linux or Windows, doesn't mean that my Windows or Linux friends are anything less then human, so why denigrate them the way some do with Apple fans? Sadly, however, this is what extreme fan boys to like to do and their reaction, and corresponding statements, to Apple line ups, like those in Singapore and Tokyo are particularly childish and shameful.
I just wish this attacking others, for their choice of OS, phone, etc., would stop! It's childish, dehumanizing and just plain wrong!
And that's my 2 cents 4 this Tuesday, July 14, 2009