I first got wind of the news on Twitter this morning, and I was shocked to find that some people were already rallying with statements like, “RIM Co-CEOs step down, RIM is burning”.
In response to that, I tweeted this:
Does a CEO quitting mean that a company is burning? Not necesarilly. We just throw words around carelessly these days. Come on guys!
Freedom of speech is a lovely thing, but that freedom comes responsibility. To think. To understand. To weigh our words before speaking.
I think that it is irresponsible and non-constructive for us to make alarming statements. They do more damage than good.
If you see specific problems with a product or company, spell them out and spell out possible ways out. That’s constructive engagement.
Just saying that something “sucks” or is “burning” is childish, insipid, and many times irresponsible.
How do you even define “burn” in this scenario? it just paints an inflammatory picture. No pun intended.
Just after I began writing this article, I ran into a tweet from @amasonic that touched on another aspect of this subject:
One of the perils of our modern world today is that ppl don’t take time to understand contemporary issues in-depth b4 forming opinions
I see a lot of that on Facebook, Twitter and even here on Mobility blog. But its worse than that. If it is just a matter of forming opinions, it might not be so bad. But people form opinions without understanding issues in detail and then recklessly broadcast those opinions.
I will always stand for responsible use of freedom of speech, and I do not suffer fools gladly. Regulars on this blog know how strong my stand is when it comes to people being irresponsible with their comments.
Inflammatory statements cause more damage than we can ever tell. RIM may be in trouble, I agree – and trust me, everyone has troubles; just of different sorts and magnitudes.
I have had trouble more than many of you will ever know, and there were times it looked hopeless. Thankfully, I deal with them. I am just glad that there were no idiots around to get on Twitter screaming, “The end has come for Mister Mobility!”
When people start saying that RIM is burning, I really do not know.
I have observed that often the more knowledgeable people are more guarded in their statements. I respect people like that. They know the implications of their words.
To you, dear friend, a BlackBerry (or any other) device may just be a mobile. But to others – many others – it is years of investments, and to even many more, its jobs and livelihood.
Think about that.