Originally Posted by forsooth
Sounds like blinding rationalization and excusing to me.
Sounds like you're spoiling for tough-off in the middle of a polite discussion. Otherwise, you'd understand that we both dislike the same term, but that the word hater
is not hate speech by any stretch.
However, your assumption about the supposedly hateful motives of people who use the word is itself uncharitable, uncalled for and unnecessary.
The Civil Rights Movement was a response to demonstrable prejudice which impacted directly on the quality of people's lives. It should not be trivialized, nor its recourse abused, by opportunists who wish to tar an innocent opponent with the broad brush of prejudice.
I'm trying to be nice, but you seem to confuse politeness for vagueness or -- not surprisingly -- congenital dishonesty, so let me spell it out for you:
The word hater
is not hate speech by any definition, therefore you have no case.
You're not serving your basic point -- that the integrity of individuals who criticize Apple is no worse than those who defend it -- with this strategy. No need to make yourself look like another coming-of-age story from the heartland of Trollsville in the process of making said point.
Meanwhile, the rest of us were talking about specs and reviews.