I Think the Apple cube in New York is awesomeness!
– Unverified, anonymous Muslim on random website
I pulled the quote above from a random site I won’t cite. Based on this, and the ability to extrapolate a statement by one person to apply to an entire group, I now make a stunning statement:
Muslims profess serious love for the Apple Cube.
Ridiculous isn’t it? But the opposite happened, and has spread like wildfire. Read the (at times immature) Digg discussion here and you’ll see my point.
The website that originally “cited” the story about Muslims raging over the Apple Cube is the Middle East Media Research Institute, an oft-criticized group that supposedly translates Arabic media into english. Now MEMRI recently put out a republished/translated statement claiming that somebody in the Muslim community was offended by the Apple’s NYC Cube store, supposedly because it looks like the Ka’ba (the House of Abraham). Sites like ZDNet and TUAW soon followed suit, spreading the story–particularly in the Apple user community–that the Muslim community was offended by Apple’s NYC cube.
Apple lovers and armchair social scientists alike were quick to the draw with their criticisms of the Muslims who were allegedly offended by the Cube. The “issue” has just started an all-out flamewar.
What really makes me angry is that under the guise of news about Apple (which we all love), a blatant flat-out lie was perpetuated. The reality of the matter was that it was a random post on a random website, without a single supporting name or organization to reflect the “muslim community’s outrage.” The MEMRI article did not even link to, nor identify, the Arabic news source it was supposed to be citing or translating!
If you look again into MEMRI’s background, the organization seems to be a source not known for being unbiased.
Now I wouldn’t be one to pass judgement quickly, but given these irregularities, I would tend to think that this is plain propaganda aimed at discrediting the Muslim community.
What’s even worse is that some people have exploited our passion for Apple for political purposes. There is no place for that crap.