In Molly's defense...or not

Summary:When News.com's Molly Wood wrote that the next update of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser will snuff out the Firefox rebellion, Salon's Scott Rosenberg took her to task, as her colleague Charles Cooper points out in his blog:"This is a prime example of one of journalism's worst habits -- a knee-jerk application of "who wins, who loses?

When News.com's Molly Wood wrote that the next update of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser will snuff out the Firefox rebellion, Salon's Scott Rosenberg took her to task, as her colleague Charles Cooper points out in his blog:

"This is a prime example of one of journalism's worst habits -- a knee-jerk application of "who wins, who loses?" logic to situations where it doesn't really apply. "Finished." "Destroyed." "Crushed." "Squashed flat." This is the language of pro wrestling, sometimes adopted by business writers who are desperate to paint the typically colorless corporate world in the bright colors and action-packed imagery of sports."

Cooper, a member of the Firefox camp, responded:

Topics: Browser

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Christopher Jablonski is a freelance technology writer. Previously, he held research analyst positions in the IT industry and was the manager of marketing editorial at CBS Interactive. He's been contributing to ZDNet since 2003. Christopher received a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at U... Full Bio

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