Thursday, August 25, 2011

jobs or no jobs? addicted to drama

you would think that some significant milestone in the history of civilization had been reached, with the word that steve jobs is stepping down as CEO of apple. this towering figure in modern commerce, goes the litany, is the colossus across whose shoulders modernity lies athwart.

Poll: Will Steve Jobs Exit Hurt Apple? | News & Opinion | "In his 14 years at the helm of Apple, Steve Jobs introduced the world to iconic, groundbreaking technology like iTunes, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad, and more. On Wednesday he announced he would step down from his post as CEO.
Jobs has had an invaluable influence on Apple, as well as the tech industry as a whole. PCMag’s West Coast News Editor Mark Hachman called him the “Walt Disney of the tech space.” Lead laptop analyst Cisco Cheng described the man that brought Apple back from the verge of failure as the “sultan of everything that’s been great about the hardware business.”"
i read with interest the many retrospectives on the life and times of steve jobs. some of the most interesting involved his interest in new age mumbo-jumbo, as well as health and wholesome eating habits. this, while presiding over a corporate empire that is based on exploitation of labor in the creation of throwaway products that are loved not for their utility but their coolness quotient.

while i don't begrudge jobs his success, and understand that economics and finance are what makes the world go 'round, i find some of the business practices of the apple machine to be appalling -- greedy, grasping, hostile to innovators and crassly unconcerned with the lives of millions who are crushed under the apple corporate hegemony.

if this is "magic," then we need to try reason as the glue that holds civilization together instead.

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