[LINK] Jobs not all bad

Bernard Robertson-Dunn brd at iimetro.com.au
Sat Oct 8 15:18:48 AEDT 2011

On 8/10/2011 3:08 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.


On a point of order, Steve's attack is not ad hominem. Steve commented 
on what you said, not what you are.



Bernard Robertson-Dunn
Canberra Australia
email:   brd at iimetro.com.au
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