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Steve Jobs: Artist and unintentional Big Brother?

Robert Wright’s post about Steve Jobs seems to me to be exactly right: Jobs is an artist who would rather create the perfect product than rule the world. (Doc has been saying for over ten years that the best way to understand Jobs is as an artist.)

I am not completely relieved, however. The AppStore is such an appealing business model that what Jobs created for artistic reasons may spread for economic ones. That’s one reason that the competition from Android is so important.

(By the way, the second comment on the Wright column is great, and is from my old friend Evelyn Walsh.)

4 Responses to “Steve Jobs: Artist and unintentional Big Brother?”

  1. I think the truth about Jobs intention is not as easy to grasp as in this article.

    I do not think one could seriously ask if he is motivated by artistic urge OR by business sense. In some sense the question is pointless and the answer irrelevant.

    Whatever is his motive, the result is bad. Apple wants more control, it applies it, exerts it and benefits from it. The accustations of authoritarian tendencies are true whatever are motives.

    I could believe, Jobs is on this path because he is an artist, because he has some mission, that seems good to him. That fact does not change the cause for which he works. There are many examples where people did things in good intentions, sometimes artistic, but in which they did horrible things.

    I stay away from quoting them here. We all know them.

    Jobs creates the realm were openness is a sin.

    The article makes good points about the past mistakes of Jobs and Apple under him. And it notices that we see today the comeback of this mistakes….

    I’m only not sure if Apple will ever pay for these mistakes…

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  3. Mirek, how can you claim “the result is bad” when the result of the App Store is that non-technical users are installing and using more different applications than on any phone in history?

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