Plain Truth #1: Android not (GOOGLE) is overlooked in the Mainstream American Media
Today is March 16, 2014 it’s currently 11:52 a.m. Now you may be saying to yourself, Jamaar why is this important? Well there are a couple of reasons, the first being this is the first day of a new series that attempts to dispel some of the fiction surrounding Android. This was not something that I dreamed up myself, it was something that was inspired by my fellow Droid Effect crew members as well as some of my followers on Google+. The second reason is that before I actually jump into the series I need to outline one of the critical pillars behind why I’m doing this, and the current environment I feel we are working in.
So why did I start with the timestamp? Well, this is important because this is simply a snapshot in time, but unlike most snapshots this represents a constant in what we see day to day in the mainstream american media and why bloggers and tech journalist for smaller sites are so important. One of the things that continue to baffle me about the mainstream media is its obsession with Apple and iOS. It seems that regardless of the changes that Google makes with Android (or apps exclusive to the platform) this information either stays in the news for a day, or just never makes headlines at all. This double standard deeply troubles me and partially explains why the Android tech community is so passionate about the Android platform. So today I grabbed my morning coffee and decided to perform an unscientific experiment.
I went to http://www.ebizmba.com/articles/news-websites to view their top used news sites on the web. I think this list would be considered fairly accurate considering most people I know and speak to utilize these sites at least once per day to read the news. For the sake of this piece (And my own sanity) I limited myself to the following parameters to make my point.
I can only search the sites main tech page
I will only count articles or pictures that are iOS or Android related
I will randomly select three sites from the website above to try to prove my point (Yahoo, Huffington Post, ABC)
I will not cherry pick (what’s there is there, what’s not is not).
So, what were my results? Well look at the screenshots above and see for yourself. Apple (iOS) dominates the headlines and here are your numbers by site.
Huffington Post: 2 Articles, 1 Picture related to iOS / 0 Related to Android
ABC News: 1 article (iPad Air the best tablet), 1 Picture iOS App (Sidebar), / 1 Android smartphone picture
Yahoo News: 6 iOS articles / 0 Android articles but some were Google related
These results speak for themselves and keep in mind this is after Google just updated Search (Google Now), Translate, Maps and others services a few days ago. This is after the “Veronica Mars” debacle where all you see is talk of a refund to backers on iTunes or Amazon. While those details are in the mainstream news, nobody is mentioning the fact that the movie is also available on the PLAY STORE except for our friends over at Android Central and the smaller blogs and tech outlets. So the point is simple. Android is overlooked in the mainstream American media, so before we can begin dispelling myths about Android we must first come to terms with the current environment we live in. I am a lover of tech and people who read my work know this. This is not a (pro) Android series, it is a plain truth series. Some articles you may love, others you may hate, but all will aim to be honest. With all that said let the mythbusting begin.
See ya soon!