When you have to deliver bad news, the best way to do it is to say a lot of other things in the same breath. This is best because people usually forget the bad news you just gave them by the time you finish your long, wordy announcement.
This rhetorical tactic actually works. You’ll find it often in political speeches, public relations damage control, and in the stuttering explanations of children whose hands are caught in cookie jars. If you ever need to use it yourself, make sure you do so in a place where you can use a lot of words. Twitter is not that place.
Someone probably should’ve told that to Motorola. Responding to a tweet about whether the Droid RAZR would come with an unlocked bootloader, Motorola said this:
The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meeting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.
I understand that there’s a delicate balance between carriers and manufacturers. In fact, I’d love to hear Motorola blame Verizon some more. I know I’d personally join Motorola’s movement to stand up against the tyranny of Verizon. But if Motorola is not at fault, why do they feel the need to tell us about all sorts of good things they’re doing in addition to locking their bootloaders? Why do they feel the need to cover up the bad news with unnecessary verbiage?
I don’t buy it, Motorola. You have a history of keeping bootloaders locked, with the exception of the XOOM, and if you’re willing to throw Verizon under the bus, I think you should go with them. I suppose we’ll find out more at the joint Motorola-Verizon event today, where they are presenting the Droid RAZR.