Some of the most controversial products and services in history have also become some of the most innovative. Here is a list of some of the ones I can think of. It would be nice if people contributed, posting why they think some of them are not controversial or innovative and add to the list as well.
8. Sony PSP
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Innovative projects are controversial, so controversial must be innovative & successful. -- This is almost a text book example of a logical fallacy. Also, my guess is that most projects that can be labelled 'controversial' fail, but even if there was some meaningful correlation, that's still a long way from causation.
Products succeed because of the utility/price, the marketing & narrative for sales and simple old time & chance....luck. The truth is that most truly 'new' things fail, and that's a natural part about moving things forward. We should actually learn to appreciate the failures. Google Glass will likely be a nice footnote for the product that gets this stuff right.
If innovative projects are controversial, then some controversial projects would be innovative, right? Do I have this correct? I do not think anyone on this board thought I meant that all controversial products would become innovative ones. Tojuro, you seem to be intelligent to me. I know you must understand how to read between the lines and that some things stated in a blog or a conversation are meant for interpretation.
Were you serious about your statement, "Also, my guess is that most projects that can be labelled 'controversial' fail, but even if there was some meaningful correlation, that's still a long way from causation?" I would have thought, you would have understood I was not trying to write a text book. I was not acting like I was stating facts(this is where that reading between the lines thing comes in again). I was trying to start a meaningful conversation about the subject. Am I biased? Do I have a reason to want this stock price to rise? Through my writing, am I trying to create a positive sentiment or influence people to buy? Yes! Yes! Yes! By the way Tojuro, there is a correlation. You stated so yourself in the first half of your first sentence. You are correct about your statements, "Also, my guess is that most projects that can be labelled 'controversial' fail," and, "The truth is that most truly 'new' things fail." Thanks for the history lesson. Maybe some time you can explain to me what "truly 'new' things" are, but if I read between the lines I am sure I could figure it out. Also most of those "new products" you were talking about did not have the multibillion dollar company Google behind them. I would think this has an impact on product success too but I am sure you will argue me on that as well. "Products succeed because of the utility/price, the marketing & narrative for sales and simple old time & chance....luck." Hey thanks for the lesson, now I can go back to my crummy a@$ business professor back at the community college and te
Google Glass is a controversial subject. Therefore it stirs things up. Older generations don't like change so they do not like Glass, but the younger generations will love it. Some of the best products in history were difficult to accept and had people bashing them left and right.
Most American baby boomers and adjacent age groups are paranoid about their privacy and see GG as a menace. Younger ones, the true buyers of these gadgets, could care less about privacy issues.The paranoid bunch should realize that they aren't really the focus of any attention from GG users. It's time to wake up to the reality that nobody gives a hoot about recording the activities of said people. They should quit their absurd prima donna attitude. NSA and other gov agencies already know all they want about us. Google Glass or not.
Not controversial but a game changer; the first Mac massed produced. It made tech accessible to the every day person. And it was Jobs that brought us the mouse. The "mouse." Without that we would all still being learning code. DOS!!! Oh, just thinking about it makes my head hurt.