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OPINION APRIL 30 , 2001
Talkin' Smack: Fanatical and Proud of It

Self righteousness never felt so good

by David Nagel
Executive Producer
[email protected]

It's great to be a Mac psychofanatic. I'm an enthusiast and professional user and, as an added bonus, I get to spend every day of my life writing about the Mac, playing with review hardware and software and joke around about the inferiority of the currently popular, albeit utterly inferior, competition, viz. Windows. And I do so with all the self righteousness of any other kind of fanatic, with the big difference being that my point of view happens to be correct.

The evidence of my correctness is all around me. Despite the fact that Windows is, admittedly, the platform of choice in factories, sweat shops, law offices and the homes of consumers who work at such businesses, the Mac remains the No. 1 platform in creative industries. Even my peecee-using colleagues here at Digital Media Net are coming around to the true faith.

See, Digital Media Net was started a while back by a bunch of peecee users who then populated the place with more peecee users. Good, pedigreed peecee users, I'll grant you, but peecee users nonetheless. Now, however, I think they're starting to see the light. Two of our smarter editors have already bought themselves some G4s this year, and I can feel a few more of the slower (but well meaning) editors teetering on the edge of redemption as well.

This has started to foster a sort of pro-Mac (or, more accurately, non-anti-Mac) attitude that has even begun to permeate the numerous publications here at DMN. And peecee users don't like it. I've always received hate mail from peecee users telling me where I can stick my FireWire cables. But now we're even receiving letters saying that our coverage across all our sites is unfairly weighted toward the Mac. Well, glory be, I say! Let the heathens gripe. It shows me that we're doing something right.

Now, some might say, "Hey, man, a computer is just a tool. It's nothing to get fanatical about." You know what that is? That's peecee-user talk. That's the language of the dead of spirit who have been stuck on NT so long they've forgotten what a miracle the desktop computer is, how it has changed our lives and why it's so fun just to boot up your machine and use it to draw a picture or create an animation—all using a beautifully designed interface that helps, rather than hinders, the creative process.

This last NAB convention bears this out as well, with tons of news showing that the Mac is not just a great creative platform, but the professional creative platform of choice.

But I don't need all of this to tell me that the Mac is the the way to go. All the evidence I need is staring me in the face every day through the warm, healthy phosphorous glow radiating through my monitor. It's a righteous glow with a correct gamma, one that reaches into my soul and burns away the perturbations of the peecee world, making everything all right. And this glow is spreading across the country and all over the world. Will it ever grow enough to cast away the gloom of Windows' evil, murky gamma? Probably not. But in the homes and offices of creative people, there will always be a CRT powering the light of hope. It's a good time to be a psychofanatic.

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Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of the Creative Mac, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion and Synthetik Studio Artist WWUGs; and executive producer of Creative Mac, Digital Media Designer, Digital Pro Sound, Digital Webcast, Plug-in Central, Presentation Master, ProAudio.net and Video Systems sites. All are part of the Digital Media Net family of online industry hubs.

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