A post on The Verge today had me in a tizzy. I continue to rant against this kind of reporting. Why even post a story like this? Take a look at this excerpt:
“US authorities also discovered location data contradicting the suspect’s testimony in regards to his location during the time of the incident. Additionally, it was determined that Bravo used his phone’s flash light nine times. The Independent cites police as saying Bravo used the function while attempting to conceal the deceased’s body.”
A phone’s location data should be easy to recover. That seems logical. But if authorities were able to tell when and where he was when he activated the phones flashlight, I think we need to have a serious talk about what kind of data the phone is logging. But the story doesn’t cover that obvious point! It just slaps us in the face with that profound fact and then continues to tease the fact that someone was apparently foolish enough to ask Siri how to hide the body of the person he had killed.
Which brings me to the next, and possibly even more important question that’s not answered here. How in the hell does anyone know what this a-hole asked his phone? How much of my dictation with the personal assistant in my phone is becoming a part of some mysterious permeant record?
Talk about a blog post that’s asking all of the wrong questions. This is what’s wrong with reporting today!
See the Verge post in question here. I’ve seen to much of this kind of click bate. It saddens me to see a site like The Verge doing it now, too.
Update: 8/13/14 10:01am
Cult of Mac at least provides additional information in their post and seems to be less snarky while presenting the information. But they still fail to ask the important questions.
Here’s the post that seems to be fueling this round of limited and frustrating coverage.