I was watching the WPIX channel 11 morning news yesterday before heading out to the in-laws for Thanksgiving. As usual it focused on ways to help you orgainze and plan that big Thanksgiving meal. Since iPhone and Android have consumerized the smartphone market for all; smartphone applications have garnered the attention of main stream media for most major holidays.
Well, Kurt the Cyberguy came on during the Thanksgiving Cooking Tips segment and pointed all those watching to a new application for the iPhone called KitchenPad Timer. It was all good until he said
“the problem only with it is, is they’re charging for it.”
I was really shocked and appalled at hearing this. Developers work long and hard to create applications for smartphones and should be compensated even if it’s in a minute way. Obviously, by this statement, the Cyberguy doesn’t agree. Don’t get me wrong I love free applications too, but to say that charging for an application is a problem is going to far. I may have been more inclined to agree if the application was one of those useless, cookie cutter apps out there that simply copied another developers template and was complete garbage in comparison to the original, but this was not the case. This application although one of probably a hundred timer applications took the concept further to make it more than just another “egg timer” to add to your collection. I don’t think he would feel the same if WPIX decided he must work for free since there is a proclaimed “cyberguy” on just about every local network out there. Although, he went on to state that he likes free apps it does not make up for the fact that he stated that having to pay for an application is a problem.
I’ve noticed this is a slow and growing trend in main stream. While every instance may not be exactly the same, the mere fact of incomplete or extremely personal preferences which in no way give merit to an objective review or article just should not be said in the first place. Main stream media seems to be getting a little to loose with interjecting personal opinions into what’s suppose to be factual and objective journalism. When they do this we all are liable to go away with the wrong impression of a product or event. Hopefully, main stream media will correct this as it is not what objective journalism is.
UPDATE: Thanks to Michael Lapico, the developer of KitchenPad Timer here is a proper mention of the application during the App Wrap: Cooking, Meal-Planning Apps segment by Adam Balkin on NY1. http://bit.ly/amb5Oi