Is it just me, or does all the jubilant Telecom-bashing this week look like just another chance to bash a big business.
After all, Telecom were hardly the only ones this week to have outages. There were two that I know of:
- Vodafone’s email server was out for much of Monday morning, meaning no Vodafone customers could send or receive emails—yet while bitching about Telecom filled the news wires I didn’t hear a peep about that.
- And Orcon’s internet service was out for a good part of yesterday– and once again, not a word about this from any of the news services so excitedly bashing the big boy.
Bear in mind that these are just the outages that I know about—I’m sure there’d be many more to report—yet neither these nor any other problems attracted national attention, headlines, or press conferences with apologetic CEOs using carefully chosen words of apology. (Which is a pity, because I let loose a few carefully chosen words myself at both services during both outages that would have looked really good in their apologies. Well, maybe not.)
No, only Telecom gets picked on. It’s almost as if it’s personal.
UPDATE: Great comment below from Matt, who suggests you get some perspective:
“From memory around 100 people a year needlessly die in NZ hospitals. So perhaps 2 died this week because somebody put the wrong drug in the drip. Rather more serious, one would have thought, that a phone network going down.”