Sometimes it’s okay to not have an opinion
The news that Theranos has settled fraud charges will have some Silicon Valley VCs and cheerleaders eating their words.
Many people spoke out against the Wall Street Journal’s initial reporting on the case two years ago, suggesting the company’s critics were anti-innovation or in the pocket of ‘big healthcare’ companies with an interest in not making blood tests quicker and easier.
What’s more, the compelling narrative of a 'female Steve Jobs’
(right down to the turtle necks!) who wanted to transform a stale industry, had many people hooked. Couple that with people’s general distrust of the media, and you can see why this looked like just another 'techno-panic’ story.
Still, those people look very silly today.
But you know what? Sometimes it’s okay to not have an opinion about something. Unless you were intimately involved in Theranos’ technology, or a reporter who had investigated them thoroughly, why would you nail your colours to a mast so decisively?
We live in a time when it’s easy to make statements on social media that look like fact even if they’re really nothing more than a gut, emotional reaction to some news. It can feel like we need to 'add value’ to every piece of news by passing judgement on it without really knowing anything at all about it.
Sometimes it’s better to just ride it out. Reserve judgement. I’m willing to bet most of Theranos’ defenders would value scientific method over religious fervour. Blindly supporting a tech company based off nothing but gut instinct flies in the face of that.
…And it risks making you look very wrong later down the line.