Mac or PC: dividing the Christian community
One of our students here at Moore, Joel Moroney, has written a very incisive piece about something which threatens to divide the Christian community in a very serious way.
I am talking about Mac vs PC.
And I wish I was joking. Have a look at this article from the UK Guardian newspaper. Sound familiar? Then there's those terribly smug ads - you know, 'I'm a PC - and I'm a Mac'.
Moroney is so concerned that he writes: 'I'm no longer convinced that this rivalry is friendly.'
The aggressive marketing of computer platforms is designed to produce a kind of tribal brand allegiance. It is quite by the design of the companies that people feel attached to PC or Mac as a badge of their very identity.
I'll let Joel continue:
I'm a PC user. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to buy a new computer. I carefully weighed up my options. I looked at the pros and cons of purchasing a PC or a Mac. And I made my decision. I bought a bright, shiny red PC. It made me happy.
When I posted my happy news on Facebook, as one does when one is happy, I received two types of comments. On one side were people asking me questions about the specs of my new computer, sharing in my joy. On the other side were Mac users. Their responses put me on the defensive. I was made to feel like I was sub par human being for purchasing a PC. That I was uncultured, ill-informed, and that I was very, very unwise. It made me feel like I wanted to take my happy news and hide it somewhere that no one could find it.
As a PC user, have you ever had a problem with your computer that has caused you frustration and anger? Maybe you were about to finish a massive essay the night before it was due, only to find that a computer malfunction caused your entire work to be deleted? Yeah, it happens. Have you shared this sorrow with friends on Facebook or in real life, only to be met with the reply "It wouldn't have happened if you had a Mac"? In that moment you're looking for compassion, for empathy. You're already down, but then it feels like the Mac user has kicked you in the gut. It's just not loving.
Joel then admits that he has made scathing comments about Macs in the past, too.
The thing is, this attitude and the attendant behaviours have crept into the Christian community, and even into the fraternity of ministers as a kind of middle-class version of Ford vs Holden. And it has to stop - it is ridiculous isn't it? But the passions involved are very strong and I have seen quite serious arguments occur about it. Can we - at least in our Christian subculture - rise above it?