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When Analogies Attack

3:00 PM -- This week, when I read that Xchange's Tara Seals had attempted to compare legal, same-sex marriage with the widespread adoption of mobile broadband technologies, I had to draw a long breath.

When finished drawing the long breath, I sketched a couple of aspirin, a cold compress, and a couch -- all of which I would soon need after having Tara fail to explain exactly how gay marriage is like, say, WiMax.

My head hurt because, in fact, gay marriage and the next generation of wireless technologies are not alike at all. But you have to admire the writer's effort. With no point to make, and nary an editor in sight, Seals clubs away at the topic with wild abandon:

Point is, the discussion on the wireless approaches we'll see in the next few years will be just as epic and just as game-changing to the tech landscape as the discussion on gay marriage in America is to the social landscape.


Pretending that Seals's barking has a point: What if LTE or WiMax fails? What happens? Well, a few companies will have to adjust their businesses and throw their support to the winning technology. A few companies may close. But what's more likely to happen is that vendors find a market and a use for both. The "loser" becomes a niche play, but doesn't cease to exist.

And now the analogy: What if gay marriage fails to become legalized all over? Will gay men adjust their plans and throw their support behind the winning marital arrangement?

Alas, the argument dries up faster than the ink on Xchange's last issue.

— Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:07:24 PM
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Thank you, Mr. Harvey. May writing like that bit you referenced forever miss the cut and never come back.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:07:24 PM
re: When Analogies Attack

Thank you, Mr. Harvey. May writing like that bit you referenced forever miss the cut and never come back.

Lite Rock 12/5/2012 | 4:07:17 PM
re: When Analogies Attack

Here here,


If only the seperation of sexual orientation and technology movement had been as vociferous as the seperation of church and state movement... But alas, people keep playing that pesky constitution card.


Now if she had compared the Lust for new wireless technology with certain journalist's lust for fine beer, that my friend would have some traction.


Cheers,

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:07:16 PM
re: When Analogies Attack

I'll drink to that.


re: "a certain journalist's lust for fine beer"

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 4:04:43 PM
re: When Analogies Attack

The editor remark was just meant to convey that she could stand to have a grown-up reading her blog before she publishes. I don't get on my competitors for layoffs; we've done our fair share, too.


Thanks for reading.

TurtleLover 12/5/2012 | 4:04:43 PM
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While I never tire of bitchy, self-righteous rhetoric, me thinks "nary an editor in sight" is akin to a swift kick in the nuts for xchange....and any other publication that continues to lose venerable editorial staff to this craptastic economy.


PS. If I were a dude, I'd definitely think about gay-marrying you. I think it's the glasses.


 


Sincerely,


Lover of Turtles


 

TurtleLover 12/5/2012 | 4:04:43 PM
re: When Analogies Attack

Ah, thanks for clarifying. I'm going to downgrade the nutkick to a sharp stick in the eye.


And you're welcome. Although my travels have taken me from telecom, I still have a soft spot for Light Reading.


xoxo

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