Now that the second trial between Apple and Samsung over patents has started in the US, every place that reports its progress has many people calling Samsung a thief and many people stating that many of the Apple claims are not new inventions and have similarities to other technologies.
While most of us are not party to the actual details, we will be posturing based on our perception of how things have evolved. And our perception may not be reflection of how things developed on the ground. Let me give you an example.
A few days ago, we were walking on one of the busy arterial roads in our suburb. A motorcyclist coming from a lane, wanted to cross over into the main road. The motorcyclist was coming from the North side lane and wanted to cross over into the West side lane, to go west. (From my perspective, the rider came from a lane opposite to me and wanted to cross traffic going to my right, while he wanted to go to my left). For this, he had to cross the lane whose traffic was going East. While crossing, he looked around and came into the East-side lane and waited as there was traffic in the West bound lane. During this time, a bus was coming up the East bound lane.
While the bus driver was not speeding, he came up to the rider and stopped the bus about five feet away from the rider. A woman who was walking on the same side as us, on seeing this situation, exclaimed “Does the bus driver want to kill the rider?”. In fact, the rider also started shouting at the bus driver.
As I had observed the whole sequence of events, it was a matter of perception that made the woman say what she did, simply because she saw a picture that seemed to convey information that was factually different from the way it came to be. As I had seen the whole sequence of events as happened in a minute or so, I knew that the bus driver was not at fault. If we really wish to pull up the bus driver, the only mistake he did was that he did not keep more distance between the bus and the rider.