[LINK] Jobs not all bad

Stephen Wilson swilson at lockstep.com.au
Sat Oct 8 15:16:37 AEDT 2011

For the most part my adjectives describe your writing, not you.  Do you 
deny the letter is a whinge?

And the issues Fred, the issues?

- Steve Wilson.

On 8/10/2011 3:06 PM, Fred Pilcher wrote:
> 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.
> Fred

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