20 Feb 2005 jonas   » (Master)

I caught this from a post over at Websnark.com:

As long as Pepsi Cola's been taking a shot at the marketplace, they've held "Pepsi Challenges." You know the theory: two cups of soda. The person drinks them both and says which one he likes more. "Gosh," he says. "I preferred the Pepsi!" Cue logo. You never saw Coca Cola hold those taste tests, or talk it up, or even mention Pepsi. They talk about "The Real Thing," and teaching the world to sing, and polar bears that drink soda. But they don't talk about their competition. They don't have to. They're at the top of the heap. It's the same with McDonald's. Burger King talks a lot about how flame cooked burgers are better than fried, and any number of other invidious comparisons to the golden arches. McDonald's? McDonald's has "I love this place." Burger King isn't in their world.
It took a while to connect, but I finally realised that this could be said also about Microsoft, in particular with their Get The Facts campaign. They continuously talk about GNU/Linux and try to convince people that their system is better. Looking at advertisement for Free Software, such as the ones from IBM, they never mention Microsoft. They talk about how good Free Software and GNU/Linux is. Like McDonalds and Coca Cola, the competition isn't there. It doesn't have to be. Free Software is at the top of the heap.

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