[LINK] Jobs not all bad
fpilcher at netspeed.com.au
Sat Oct 8 15:08:29 AEDT 2011
On 10/08/2011 02:39 PM, Stephen Wilson wrote:
> Wow, Fred Pilcher's mean-spirited diatribe against Steve Jobs in today's
> SMH Letters page sure takes the cake. There's a lot not to like about
> Jobs, and the cult-of-personality is definitely toxic, but Fred himself
> adopts an ironically cultish tone.
> He whinges that all Jobs did was repackage and market existing
> technologies. Would Fred seriously demean the Apple II as mere
> repackaging of existing technologies? I'm happy to admit that the Apple
> II changed my life, and absolutely I subscribe to the idea it
> revolutionised computing.
> Fred rants on to casually dismiss Apple's influence on the music
> industry. He says the iPod is nothing special for there are other ways
> to deliver digital music. Well, there are all sorts of cars on the road
> today but you'd have to say Henry Ford had a lot to do with bringing
> that about. For godsake, Jobs even changed the language! You might
> have an Android device but you still "pod cast" with it. Empirically,
> that's deep influence, like it or not.
Great ad hominem there, Steve.
I'm mean-spirited, (ironically) cultish, whinging, demeaning,
ranting...boy, I've touched so many bases in one short letter.
I certainly expected some hate mail in response, but I expected to have
to wait for tomorrow's Letters page.
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