Why let the facts get in the way of a good story

You may have seen in recent days an analyst assessment from Forrester on Windows Vista as being equivalent to ‘new Coke’ and the response as ‘Forrester gets schizophrenic’ on the Windows Vista blog.

We are not entering into the debate here.  It just raises an interesting thought on the preconceptions and commonly held beliefs that become established ‘facts’ simply by being repeated enough or communicated via the Internet.  Since time immemorial mankind has had a predilection for not letting facts get in the way of a good story:

·        Napoleon was short... he measured 5 feet 2 inches, which made him slightly taller than the average Frenchman of the 19th century. 

·        The croissant is French... it came from a type of pastry made after the Battle of Vienna to celebrate the defeat of the Ottomans, as a reference to the crescents on the Turkish flags.

·        Aeroplanes fly faster west-to-east... Aeroplanes flying long distances between two places usually take less time flying west-to-east than east-to-west  because they benefit from natural air currents called jet streams

So, what happens when you introduce potential users to a brand new Microsoft operating system codenamed ‘Mojave’ ?  Watch for yourself here

Posted by Dan

Comments (1)

  1. Ned says:

    Actually aeroplanes flying NOT EXACTLY east and west get impacted in addition to the jet stream effect by the coriolis effect; and depending on which direction they fly, sometimes take more time going than coming and vice-versa.

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