I could go on like this all day. It was the worst collective faceplant on a single story I can recall in my 387 years of journalism -- it was the "Dewey Defeats Truman" of the blog era.
Even InfoWorld got sucked in, just a tiny bit, to the iPhone 5 hype. (I should also note that way back in February, InfoWorld's Mobile Edge blogger Galen Gruman predicted there would be only a modest hardware upgrade to the iPhone this year -- a 4x, not a 5. Good on ya, GG.)
Mostly, though, traditional (one might even say "actual") news sites steered clear of the endless iPhone 5 rumormongering and speculation-pumping that is the lifeblood of most of these blogs. At the very least they certainly dialed it way back.
My question: Where are all the retractions and apologies in the blogosphere today? Where are the mea culpas? Oh right, that's one of those quaint mainstream media practices we've grown out of. Just blame everyone else for the misinformation you helped to spread and move on to the next hot rumor.
Meanwhile, all the hype surrounding a nonexistent product pretty much melted the InterWeb yesterday. Many "live blogs" of the Apple event weren't either, thanks to traffic overload. Twitter went insane. And when the blessed event did not actually transpire as predicted, Apple looked like it had failed.
Apple didn't fail. The blogosphere failed.
As my slightly over-the-top post on Monday may have indicated, I am over this whole "iPhone is bigger than Jesus" thing. I suspect after yesterday many other folks are too. I don't see the hype ever reaching this level again. And that, at least, is the best thing to come out of this.
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This article, "The iPhone 5: Magical. Life changing. Totally fictional," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.