Found this lovely little gem in this article: https://bigbrotherawards.de/en/2023/zoom
- and it isn't restricted only to corporate software. I see this stunt getting pulled every day - both inside and outside the fediverse.
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And it really works just like the legend that girls are supposedly bad at maths: Tell people that B is very complicated and never works, and that they won’t be able to use it anyway because they are incompetent. Then tell them that A is childplay and always works. And the illusory miracle happens: While for people like me, B (meaning Jitsi and BigBlueButton – self-hosted videoconferencing systems without secret services or surveillance capitalism) always works, the Zoombies fail at using it as if they had been hit by a curse. Suddenly the microphone fails, so does the webcam, the laptop falls off the table. But with Zoom, everything, allegedly, works like a charm.
For these people – oh, what a miracle – it is only A, Zoom, that works. This is largely down to the psychology of marketing, not technology. The motto is: “If the commercial solutions don’t work, it is the users’ fault. If the alternative solutions don’t work, it is the software …”