Gadget fashion designer Steve Jobs has once again lashed out at bloggers:
“I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers, myself. I think we need editorial more than ever right now.”
Jobs’ attitude is that if Corporate America is not paying you to express your opinion, then you should just shut the hell up.
Note to Jobs: piss off.
Jobs’ anti-internet attitude explains why Apple has been amazingly clueless during the rapid growth of the web. Where was Apple when browsers were invented? What about Linux? What about search engines? What about social networking?
Nowhere; that’s where.
Jobs just watched as huge companies came into being: Netscape, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, YouTube, eBay, PayPal, etc. Mr. Jobs wanted nothing to do with anything that might empower the little people.
It would be a cold day in hell before Jobs assigned his programmers to develop free blogging software like WordPress. But as successful as Apple is, WordPress.com has a higher Alexa rating, ranking 16th to Apple.com’s 47th at the time of this writing. Any Apple programmer caught working on such a project would be re-assigned to a Foxconn sweatshop in China making iPads at suicidal speed for Chinese minimum wage, which is less than what convicts in the USA get paid to make license plates.
(Note: the preceding may not be a true fact. I do not have a fact-checker on staff, so I am forced to just make things up. Note to Steve Jobs: the preceding commentary was a joke.)
Jobs also stated:
“Any democracy depends upon a free, healthy press.”
Is that so Mr. Jobs? Then why was the Zapruder film locked up in a vault at Life Magazine for 12 years? President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, and the American people were not permitted to see the film until 1975. How did that help our democracy? When the powers-that-be want to cover something up, Big Media is only too cheerful to help.
Not only is Steve Jobs pompous, but he has it exactly wrong. It’s critical that we have a counterweight to Big Media.
And so, the great man will now “save” The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal by figuring out a way for them to “get paid” for their content. Sort of ironic coming from a man whose iPod became wildly popular because it could play bootleg MP3 music files, is it not? And last I checked, newspapers have been getting paid for centuries.
Note to Steve Jobs: I dare you to disable MP3 capability in your music-playing devices so that artists can get paid more through iTunes. I double-dog dare you!