I want a show of hands. Let's say someone has just claimed Foobar Bletchley is an altogether bad thing compared to its peers. Now how often have you seen people trot out this argument:

Sure, Foobar Bletchley can be misused, but so can anything. You should use the right tool for the right job.

The question is not whether something can be misused but how easy it is to misuse. The question is not whether there are right and wrong jobs for a tool but how easy it is to tell them apart. This statement above contributes exactly nothing to those discussions.

Stop using this truism. If you find yourself on the verge of using it, ask yourself why you're expressing what sounds like post-purchase rationalization rather than the actual pros and cons.

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