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June 3, 2010

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.)