“I hate Macs”

By Shamus Posted Tuesday Apr 3, 2007

Filed under: Rants 45 comments

Remember the brilliant troll from a while ago? That was clever. This is not clever. And it isn’t a comment, it’s an article.

If I was the editor I would have this idiot packing. The guy is entitled to his opinion (“Macs suck” – not exactly iconoclasm) but I can’t believe he could express it with such a profound lack of grace. It isn’t articulate, cutting, funny, subversive, surprising, eloquent, or clever. It’s just a bunch of spittle. You can find better stuff in your average Mac vs. PC forum.

I don’t have any particular animus towards the platform, but I could come up with a more cutting critique of the Macintosh by surfing around, citing some common grievances, and seasoning it with a few clever analogies. It’s called writing. If you’re going to take an article and put it into something as far-reaching as The Guardian, then I don’t think I’m being unreasonable to expect that some effort be made to inform. Barring that, being entertaining is always welcome.

I suppose picking on Macs is a safe way to get a good reaction out of the masses. If you don’t have anything clever to say, you can still always get a round of applause out of Boston fans by taking a shot at the Yankees. If you’re in San Fransisco, you can’t go wrong with a few slams against Republicans. Still, this is the sort of thing stand-up comics do to warm up. Once you get them smiling, then you start with the jokes. The author of this article is like a guy who struts out onto stage in front of some NASCAR fans, tosses out a couple of half-jokes about Formula One racing, and then yells, “Thank you! Good night!” to the momentarily smiling crowd.

But I’m giving the article too much credit. It isn’t even funny in a momentary sense. About halfway into this morass of alleged prose he stops picking on the machines and starts in on the people who use them.

Mac owners often sneer that kind of defence back at you when you mock their silly, posturing contraptions, because in doing so, you have inadvertently put your finger on the dark fear haunting their feeble, quivering soul – that in some sense, they are a superficial semi-person assembled from packaging; an infinitely sad, second-rate replicant who doesn’t really know what they are doing here, but feels vaguely significant and creative each time they gaze at their sleek designer machine. And the more deftly constructed and wittily argued their defence, the more terrified and wounded they secretly are.

Mac users are paranoid “semi-people”?

Like I said: Hate Macs all you want, nobody is forcing you to buy them. Hate Mac users all you want, since we are all free to choose our irrational hatreds and prejudices. But why is this guy getting paid to write? More to the point: Why is he getting paid and not me?

Note to the Guardian: I have this great article for you to consider for publication. I liken Linux users to pedophiles, PC users to cannibals, and suggest that people who don’t use computers are secretly Nazis. My fees are reasonable. Give me a call.

LATER: Someone from the comments explains:

His expression of “hatred” is fairly typical of a strain of Faulty-esque comedic hyperbole currently prevalent in the UK, a la Marcus Brigstock. It should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt and sifted through for genuine editorial

I get it now! This is his schtick. I’d never heard of the guy before. I saw this one article and assumed it was in earnest. Now I see it is over-the-top on purpose. It still doesn’t stike me as very funny, but that’s subjective. Several people in the comments find him funny, which means his style works for some people. Maybe I would have detected it as comedy if I lived in the UK.


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45 thoughts on ““I hate Macs”

  1. Aiken Drum says:

    In all fairness to Charlie Brooker, he rants about every other facet of life, culture and technology as well. The cynical diatribes he presents are his style and to be read as humour as well as commentary.

    As much as I may disagree with his opinions at times, they rarely fail to raise a smile with his turn of phrase and acid observations.

  2. Ben Finkel says:

    And then… and then he insults Myst! How dare he! He misses the interesting facts about that franchise as well, though, seeing as the more recent iterations of the game were firstly for PC only, which is where I played them. With that included, I feel like your NASCAR analogy was accurate, but that at the end he threw an insult at, say, people who eat breakfast in a vain attempt to connect it to Formula One. Or something. That’s what it felt like, absurd.


  3. Steeplebadger says:

    I tend to agree with Mr Drum, this article reads to me as an ironic and humorous rant. I think you are being a little harsh on Mr Brooker.

    His expression of “hatred” is fairly typical of a strain of Faulty-esque comedic hyperbole currently prevalent in the UK, a la Marcus Brigstock. It should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt and sifted through for genuine editorial – I personally like the Doom/Myst comparison.

    By the way, I am enjoying the DM of the Rings massively!

  4. Tallain says:

    “…computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.”

    That had me laughing for a good five minutes.

  5. Tom says:

    And to think people say Mac owners are defensive.

  6. Tom says:

    You did notice the very last, tiny paragraph, right?

  7. Zerotime says:

    But what if I have a Mac, a PC, and a Linux box?

  8. General Ghoul says:

    Kinda reminds me of Dennis Miller. Anyone who brings Fischer-Price, Dr Who, and Doom into the same rant can’t be all that bad.

  9. Tom Zunder says:

    He seems to rant for a living in a way that is frankly childish. Ranting can be done well, intelligently and well argued. His articles are just tosh.

  10. JeffJefferson says:

    I’m afraid, Shamus, you don’t quite “get” (and i hate using that word as it’s a perpetual cop out for modern art wankers harping on about existentialism and submerged half-sheep) Mr Brooker.

    Brooker’s a bit of a pseudo-journalist. he doesn’t attempt to make fair and balanced critiques of a subject. he wades in with comedic abuse of a subject that’s been annoying him that day. If you ever get a chance to watch Screen Wipe (his tv show on BBC4) then do so, as it’s probably the funniest thing on TV just now.

    I first learned of him when he wrote for PCZone (magazine, UK) back before it was rubbish. They had a pretty impressive line of “comedy journos” back then and it made the magazine brilliant.
    i think you need to look at some of his other work and it’ll help you understand his style a bit more.

    see, i started writing this ages ago and then did some work and forgot about it. i copy, refresh and see that things have moved on. i’m going to post it anyway, because i feel sorry for all the keys on my laptop that were so brutally pummelled during its creation.

  11. JeffJefferson says:

    ah ha! it seems Tom still doesn’t get it. in that case, just sub Shamus with Tom for that last post. :)

  12. Shamus says:

    “I think you need to look at some of his other work and it'll help you understand his style a bit more.”

    I think this is exactly the case. One of his bits, taken out of context and following a very familiar gripe, can look convincingly serious. I don’t read the Guardian that often, and I didn’t know they had humor, which also served to throw me off.

    Ah well. I am glad he wasn’t serious, even if the joke didn’t work for me.

  13. Rebecca says:

    Incidentally, Shamus, you are adding to the pile of internet evidence that indicates that Americans have absolutely no sense of irony.

    When I sit down to use a Mac, the first thing I think is, “I hate Macs”, and then I think, “Why has this rubbish aspirational ornament only got one mouse button?” Losing that second mouse button feels like losing a limb.

    Actually, I feel that way when I use Macs. I always try to right-click. Why don’t they have two mouse buttons?

  14. Fred's Friend Mike's Friend Gary's Friend Jim says:

    “Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults”

    This guy’s never used one. That statement along proves it. He’s watched people use them at the Apple Store, and that’s about it.

  15. T-Boy says:

    God, Brooker? Old hat rant.

    Yeah, this is his style. He used to write a column in PC Zone called (I kid you not) Cunt. It was terrible laddish humour. Loved it.

  16. Deoxy says:

    While I can see that this might well be his style, I do have to agree with him, in all seriousness, about the ad campaign, and it does not remotely make me want to go buy a Mac. In fact, if I was not a computer-y type, it would probably make me want to stay away from computers permanently. Terrible marketing, if you ask me (which is, of course, nothing new for Mac – they remind me a fringe, semi-cultish religious group that doesn’t see how just flat out weird they appear to most everyone else).

  17. JeffJefferson says:

    “This guy's never used one. That statement along proves it. He's watched people use them at the Apple Store, and that's about it.”

    Argh! stop taking it as a serious critique! :)

    i think it’s great. it pokes fun at macs, pcs, mac users, the way us geeky PC users view macs and mac users and the whole PC vs Mac thing in general.

    As an aside: i’ve been saying, as he mentioned, that the whole Mac vs PC thing is somewhat odd for a while now. The Mac character is smug and unlikeable. The PC character; goofy and likeable. So are Mac targeting the smug and condescending market or have they just got this terribly, terribly wrong.

    Final aside: why are they using Mitchell and Webb for the UK one anyway? I prefer the american versions (i’m british, btw).

  18. JeffJefferson says:

    damnit, every time i write something here it’s obsoleted before i can post!

    type slower people.

  19. milieu says:

    He’s not the only one. John Dvorak has it down to a science:

  20. Shamus says:

    “Incidentally, Shamus, you are adding to the pile of internet evidence that indicates that Americans have absolutely no sense of irony.”

    I could care less of what prejudices people harbor against Americans. The French are cowards! Americans are fat and stupid! People in the UK have bad teeth and bland food!

    Like I said, we are all free to choose our irrational hatreds and prejudices.

  21. JeffJefferson says:

    “we are all free to choose our irrational hatreds and prejudices.”

    Actually, Fox News chooses mine for me. Such a helpful service.

  22. lastarial says:

    The context of Brooker’s article would appear to be a riposte to the fantasy world of Mac advertising, and I think it succeeds very well at that. Oh yeah, and I laughed like a drain too. “The only way to have fun with a Mac is to poke its insufferable owner in the eye.” Hahaha…

  23. Patriarch917 says:

    When I read this, I thought that it seemed inspired by a similarly themed article by Maddox: http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=macs_cant

    However, it appears that the guardian article predates the Maddox article, which would mean that, possibly, Maddox ripped off the idea. As much as Maddox is glorified by certain interwebs forums, I’m not sure whether his is particularly better… it just has more four letter words.

  24. Mrs T says:

    But the Brits do have bad teeth (and bad food). You would not believe how many people I know have never used dental floss (and a few who have never heard of it!)

    And the ‘I’m going to rant about something that’s annoying me at the moment, even if I don’t really understand it’ is a very British type of humour. There’s a show here called ‘Grumpy Old Men’ that is just a few older male celebrities bitching about things.

  25. Morte says:

    Disclaimer. I am a big fan of Charlie Brooker’s writing and his TV show “Screen Wipe” is required viewing. End of Disclaimer.

    The point of the article is not actually the machine but rather the way the machine is portrayed by both its evangelists (I used to know someone who worked for Apple and his official title was “Apple Evangenlist”…hateful, simply hateful) and it’s advertising which doesn’t take a genius or a gifted cultural commentator to see it is preening, pompous nonsense.

    Personally I think Apples are a wonder of design and engineering, I remember the first time I took one apart and looked in wonder at the loveliness and, and…well neatness of it. I would never think of buying one though because I can’t play any of the games I want to play on it.

  26. Ishmael says:

    All I know is, after reading his article I want to try a Mac. :P

  27. Morrinn says:

    I liked the article, mainly because I really, *really* loathe these stupid

  28. Steve says:

    Yay! Morte “got” the point, the real point. It isn’t about the Macs, it’s about the utterly manufactured “Mac” aesthetic.

    C’mon, guys. Don’t those “Hi I’m a Mac” ads make you reach for the remote? I find them only marginally less annoying than the “I traded in my PC for a Mac because I got tired of having to upgrade my PC hardware just to fit a printer” one. Was I the only one who thought this showed exactly how little esteem Apple held their prospective customers. “Use a Mac because you are too dumb to know we’re talking rubbish”?

    It might also help to know that in the UK Apple have been known to gouge their customers for their kit. The cost of the mini-mac “box” was almost half as much again as in the USA. Before taxes.

    The article was funny. Not clever, no. Shooting an easy target rarely is. It was never intended to be read and taken at face value, as the last paragraph should have telegraphed.

    That said, he was telling the absolute gospel truth about that stupid one-button mouse. Most people couldn’t know that there was a different way of using the mouse that made the second button (mostly) unnecessary.


    (PC when I’m forced to use a toy computer – any computer worth the name should be water cooled and require a three-phase power supply).

  29. Shamus says:

    Can you believe I’ve never seen one of the original ads? I’ve seen parodies, jokes, and other things BASED on the original ads, but I’ve never seen the original ads themselves.

    I guess this is another reason I missed the humor: He was probably venting anger I just don’t feel.

  30. Deoxy says:

    It’s not just those particular ads… it’s practically every Mac ad in my lifetime.

    Mac-ism is practically a cult – even the serious Mac people themselves agree with that (see comment above about official company title “Apple Evangelist”).

  31. JMcL63 says:

    It cannot be repeated often enough: the ads are REALLY irritating, and I’ve only seen the billboards. They prompted a friend of mine to swear off Macs for ever!

    PS. I’m only really here for ‘DM of the Rings’, which I like enough to have bookmarked the page, so that I now read Shamus’ rants and stuff too. Cheers. ;)

  32. adam. says:

    I began hating macs when I got into computer repair.
    simply, older macs used proprietary hardware that would change with the models, so finding a replacement part was damn near impossible.

    and some of the mac commercials just said to me that non-mac computers are so much more upgradeable.

  33. Patrick says:

    You know, I’m not the world’s greatest writer…not by a long shot. Nor am I qualified to be a writing critic. BUT….somthing tells me that when you write a 74 word sentence( not paragraph, but sentence.SEVENTY-FOUR!) you aren’t writing to entertain anyone but yourself. Making a single sentence that long isn’t for anyone’s benefit except the writers. kind of like a form of verbal masturbation achieved by clever use of commas and semi-colons.

  34. AdamB says:

    The article itself having read it, is nothing really that special. It’s neither bad nor good. But I feel the diamond in the rough is this quote:

    “Ultimately the campaign’s biggest flaw is that it perpetuates the notion that consumers somehow “define themselves” with the technology they choose. If you truly believe you need to pick a mobile phone that “says something” about your personality, don’t bother. You don’t have a personality. A mental illness, maybe – but not a personality.”

  35. Tirgaya says:

    At the end of the day, I just don’t get such pieces from either side of the “Mac vs. PC” divide. Its technology. Evaluate it using engineering practices, make a decision and then move along. I am however an engineer and a geek… so I love babbling about this stuff.

    Was the article referenced “bad writing?” No, its British humor. It depends a bit on the reader knowing the author’s style, and certain conventions of British humor that don’t often make it across the Atlantic. I don’t care for the article, but I got that it was a joke. This isn’t the author’s fault, I’m just not his audience.

    Are the Apple ads irritating? I don’t think so. I think they make some basic and fair points against Windows and for OS X. Their sheer simplicity introduces a level of inaccuracy that my inner geek gets annoyed at. It is sometimes hard for me to remember that the Apple ads represent the deepest level of understanding a lot of users want to have. If you are annoyed, then either you are a geek like me, or you haven’t been paying attention to all the other truly awful ads out there.

    As an aside, notice I said want in regard to user knowledge. There are a lot of users with deep competency. For a lot of them it was acquired through necessity from having to upgrade their systems to play games, to having to learn some basic data recovery to get their thesis back. My experience is that necessity teaches more people about computers than desire. If you desire to know about computers then you are a hacker or a geek- like me.

    Should people base their technology purchase decisions- either way- on the ads? No. Then again the same goes for every ad I’ve ever had the misfortune of meeting. The best we can hope for is a quick joke, and maybe the basic information that a product exists.

    What about Mac vs. PC? Stupid question: Macs are PC’s, aka Personal Computers. The valid question is OS X vs Windows. My position is that it isn’t that OS X is “soooo gooood.” The real issue is that Windows is so bad.

    What I can say is that after about 30 years of computer use Mac OS X machines are the first ones to effectively lower my “computing pain threshold.”

    With Windows systems I expect things to go wrong from time to time. This is the price we, as users, pay for Microsoft’s drive to remain compatible with old software and for Microsoft’s vision of “easy to use.”

    Linux is very reliable, but the computing pain comes at the “front” of the experience as you learn something new. Over time it is very pleasant to use… if you ever get from the set up phase to the use phase.

    Some of my favorite systems of old had their own frustrations. As an AmigaDOS/Workbench fan… can you say, “Guru Meditation?” As far as Mac OS before OS X there is only one word: Extensions

    Back in the days of Windows NT 4 and Windows 2000 Microsoft was the company with the best user experience out there. Those were good products for their time, with an excellent mix of usability and reliability. Not the best in any category, but definitely the best “on average.”

    Apple by comparison was using a jury rigged contraption of an OS held together by duct tape that we “lovingly” called OS 7, 8 and 9. Their technology was on par with the Windows 9x series, and Microsoft narrowed the gap in usability. (They have never closed it, sorry Windows fans)

    Things have changed.

    Apple took that kick in the teeth Microsoft delivered and turned it into OS X. That was good for Apple, the industry and for users.

    Now OS X is “the thing” and Linux is making some very serious strides. Now that Vista is out and people have failed to be impressed, I wonder if Microsoft will go back to the drawing board and give us something truly new and impressive to play with.

    I suspect that Microsoft is afraid… but not afraid enough to make fundamental changes- yet. When they are finally ready to do so, I expect (or perhaps that should be, “hope”) to be impressed. If they manage that, they’ll win back a customer.

    The point is that these things change. If you are “devoted” to any platform you will be using the wrong system for you at some point as the technology evolves.

  36. Tirgaya says:

    Holy hell, that was a novel. Sorry!

  37. Myxx says:

    You know, I used to be a Mac user. A serious, hardcore Mac user. Apple II, IIgs, Mac Classic, etc. But that was in the mid 90s, and since making the switch, I haven’t looked back. I felt that Mac technology was always behind the curve whenever I wanted to do anything more than type, email and print. I couldn’t play the cool games, didn’t have the software title availability, and frankly (at the time) couldn’t afford a Mac habit. Now, while some of this has changed, not all of it has. I can’t play my games on a Mac, and I can upgrade my current PC with new parts to make it mostly compliant with newish games. From what I remember, that’s not really possible in Mac-land. It’s all or nothing, and I just wasn’t into that.

    As a full blown PC convert, however, I think that advertising campaign is entertaining. I feel sorry for anyone who watches one of those and makes a multi-thousand dollar decision, that being which computer platform to adopt or migrate to, based on the content of these ads. I do, however, find them entertaining. I always think it’s funny to watch negative advertising, and have my suspicions about those who must denegrate others to gain an upper hand. But I digress.

    And to those who would claim that Macs are flawless, and ‘just work’, there’s your rubbish. I’m the director of a technology consulting organization, and I’ve been in a lot of companies. Bottom line, whenever your average user is involved, any computer will have problems. Might be a Mac, might be a PC, heck, it might be a wyse terminal… but anytime you have a non-techie using a computer, there will be problems. The only reason there are fewer Mac problems is because there are fewer Mac users.

  38. Rebecca says:

    Clarifying about the irony bit:

    I didn’t mean it as an insult to Americans, being, you know, American myself. I didn’t believe it myself at first, but having seen non-Americans repeatedly having to explain when they were being sarcastic I think I believe it now.

    It’s not a necessarily bad thing, either. It’s a well-established fact that British humor doesn’t necessarily go over well in America. And Japanese humor is just weird. So funny varies from one culture to another. That’s hunky-dory with me. And I’m not being sarcastic. :)

  39. Morte says:

    Shamus re:

    “Note to the Guardian: I have this great article for you to consider for publication. I liken Linux users to pedophiles, PC users to cannibals, and suggest that people who don't use computers are secretly Nazis.”

    …I am so reading that article

  40. Insanodag says:

    Actually, food in Britain is, compared to the rest of Europe, quite good. While the native cuisine may not the that impressive, owing to the fact that a cold climate reduces the need to hide the fact that your food is decomposing by pouring spice over it, the British have among the most cosmopolitan food cultures in the world(with the US, for obvious being possibly the best if it wasn’t for the fact that it tends to be to heavy for my taste). Compared to the horrors of ‘authenticity’ you will encounter in France or Italy, the range of options for the British punter is much wider. However, some people tend to judge British food by what is on offer around Leicester square and what they get in Ye Olde Chainpub, which makes them come away with a rather skewed opinion.

    I would say that my time living in London I ate a much wider variety of good food than at any time in my life, including my two years in China and the year in the calorie-hell they call the mid-west.

    Despite not being British, I do have really bad teeth, though.

    And I have to say that the comment of Fisher-Price activity centres for adults was not only funny, it was in my opinion(having had to work with $%$£%£! things both academically and commercially) the truest thing I have ever heard anyone say about the bugridden, railroading, distracting cesspools of chips that some people call macs.

    PS. Love the DM of the Rings.

  41. Shamus says:

    Insanodag: Facinating stuff.

  42. Steve says:

    Well, if we are going to be serious about the PC/Mac debate, I base my own knowledge of Macs on the two people I know personally who owned them and a couple if internetters I correspond with. The internetters both suffered from Exploding Battery Syndrome, and one also had a touch of Prematurely Failing Power Supply Plague.

    Never heard of these happening? I’m not surprised. Mac owners are like Jeep owners – you’ll only get the straight story from them after they sell the things (former Jeep owner speaking BTW).

    One of my friends had an iMac. They traded up to a PC when they tried to get a memory upgrade because the thing never delivered the promised performance in the configuration they were fobbed off with. Can you imagine having trouble with a memory upgrade? My dad, a 76 year old computerphobe wouldn’t shy from this on his Sony Vaio (which he insists on calling a VEE AY Ten) and he could get the parts in town depite living in rural Alberta.

    My brother-in-law, a man to whom computers are a magic box-o-fun, was persuaded to buy a G3. It broke down in the first month with a motherboard problem. The vendor then took three months to fix it because the Mac “technician” only showed up when he felt like it (probably worked as a drywaller in his spare time). Once fixed he couldn’t get it to do I-Commerce properly (something to do with browsers or AOL or I don’t know what – I wasn’t going to get sucked into the alternate reality this bloody doorstop was creating around itself).

    Then we bought him a digital camera. The box had the usual minimum requirements for the computer software that came with it – a paragraph of closely spaced teenytiny type for windows and three words for the Mac. “Macs just work”, right?

    Not. I don’t know why but the software won’t load. I think it might be due to the level of OS (gasp! – Macs have OS upgrades?) so I looked into the Golden Boy of Mac OSs, OSX. It took about three days of research but the prevailing opinion after that was “don’t do it under any circumstances. It requires a computer expert to configure into shape.” So much for “just works”.

    During my research I came across such a welter of generally unknown endemic Mac problems you wouldn’t believe it. Example: “This upgrade fixes the issue of the machine locking up if you hover the mouse pointer over an icon too long”. This is a new definition of “Just Working” that I haven’t come across previously.

    I don’t doubt that Macs are popular for a reason. I just get a bit sceptical when those reasons include people talking about “dos” screens (eh? haven’t seen one in years) or BSODs (seen one in all my time with XP, but then again, I don’t run freeware on my PC), although in all honesty, the BSOD is more the cause celebre of the Linux Lobby.

    My two cents? A computer is a toolbox. If you want one of those neat but overpriced little acetyl-plastic attache cases with a few pliers and screwdrivers you find in Sharper Image, fine. Buy a Mac.

    I need my toolbox full of greasy wrenches, files, hammers and whatnot, and I need to be able to add a drawer or two when I buy a socket set. I don’t care if the thing is a virulent red colour, looks like a tin box and has scratches and dents all over it. That is of absolutely no value to me. I want what’s inside and can ignore a little cosmetic rust.

    And by all means evangelise your choice. Do so even by disparaging mine, though that won’t get you what you want half as well as explaining what yours can do that mine can’t. But if you want my attention for more than a few seconds don’t rabbit on about DOS, BSOD or any other outdated, outmoded issues. And don’t accuse anyone of intellectual theft unless you want me to utter Powerword Xerox.



  43. Matt` says:

    I agree – PCs may not be pretty, but they do just about everything (if you install the right software) and when you need some extra oomph upgrading is just a case of opening it up and plugging in some new stuff.

    In terms of OSs, I don’t really see a problem with XP in terms of usability, I know how to do my stuff and have a reasonable idea of where to go to make it work when its playing up. Security is lauded as a big problem but I almost never have problems with viruses and the like (unless I invite trouble by downloading something dodgy)

    I have experimented with Linux (Tried Sabayon and Ubuntu) but had a bunch of issues with graphics card drivers which kinda put me off for a while, I might try it again with the new version of Ubuntu, or if I get a new graphics card.

  44. Ben says:

    I’m just going to add my vote in defence of Charlie Brooker – that article is pretty typical of his (brilliant IMHO) columns for the Guardian and is not meant to be taken seriously. Or too seriously anyway; those Mac adverts are annoying and deserve to be lambasted.

  45. Deacon Blues says:

    Personally, I think that if you have to patiently explain that it’s humor (or humour, if you prefer), maybe it’s just not funny.

    On another board, someone did post a script for a lovely parody of those Mac & PC guy ads. It started with PC coming in in armor, carrying an axe, inviting Mac to come along to play “World of Bloodletting” for a while. Mac has to beg off, because he can’t play that – but does invite PC to check out the cool scrapbook he put together from the pictures of the peace rally last weekend…

    “Er, yeah. Uh, maybe my wife would like to come over and check that out…”

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