The problem isn’t with the Verge per se, but the type of tech journalism that they somewhat pioneered. The original premise was solid which was to review and comment on tech, more from an actual consumer oriented view and not the gearheads aesthetic that was predominant up until then.
My problem specifically is with the writer I linked to (and many like him now on various web sites) that get success and readership and from that start drinking their own Kool-Aid. In other words what they like and dislike, and what they deem important or not is WHAT MATTERS. When the reality is that the needs and wants of those buying tech now are more diverse than ever.
I’m certain that he (and Sam Byford, someone else that just infuriates me) get the most “clicks” and thus the incentive to let them keep producing their BS.
In other words, we are experiencing and also care more about this because we are enthusiasts and see through their garbage.
Sadly their style seems to be prevailing at least right now, even more broadly. And it extends to things like Audio reviews, music and book reviews as well where it far more “this is what matters to me” than objective thoughtful discussion Have you read a book review lately?
And I don’t see it getting better at least in the near term as it’s giving the public what they at least think they want. Heck I’m an at least reluctant perpetuator of it both by reading the article and in turn linking to it and discussing it here.
And I don’t really have any real idea how to combat it, other than talk about it as more than ever the venue to see and learn about new tech is through these sites
I absolutely know who to blame, Apple and the iPhone, but that’s a big topic for another post
PS: Still keeping up my streak of at least one tome a week
PPS: Despite his pontificating, the real reason that Apple didn’t put mm wave support in either the SE or the mini has far more to do with cost than anything, as adding it (especially the antennas and associated shielding) is a significant cost delta over supporting mid and low band.
And a consumer whose primary driver is cost is most likely not the same that will use/care about mm wave. And if they want/need it there is the regular iPhone line to support them (albeit at a higher cost)