“By now you’ve seen, no doubt many times, Apple’s most recent Get a Mac commercial, in which poor PC can not get a word in (or out) without first clearing it (Cancel or allow?) through his grim, Secret-Service-style security agent. If for some reason you haven’t seen it… you should see it, because it’s the best of the series so far. This is no small compliment, given how consistently smart and funny and clever and creative they’ve been. But this one is pure perfection: a marvel of brisk pacing, crisp editing, and deft comic timing, showcasing yet again the subtle brilliance and hilarity of John Hodgman’s work as PC,” Chad Hermann blogs for The Huffington Post.
Apple’s ‘Get a Mac – Security’ ad:
Hermann writes, “Almost equally amazing is the inability — or perhaps the unwillingness — of someone as smart as Bill Gates to understand how the ads work. When asked, in a recent interview with Newsweek magazine, whether he was bothered by the commercial in which PC must undergo upgrade surgery to install Windows Vista, the Microsoft Chairman replied, I’ve never seen it. I don’t think over 90 percent of the [population] who use Windows PCs think of themselves as dullards, or the kind of klutzes that somebody is trying to say they are.“
Hermann writes, “PC is to Mac what Wile E. Coyote was to the Roadrunner: the poor, pitiful foil for whom we feel some strange sort of empathy, even as we can’t quite bring ourselves to identify with him. He won’t ever win, and he can’t even get his name in the title, but he’s the one who makes the stories worth watching. He makes them great…”
Hermann writes, “If Bill Gates understood this, or could at least bring himself to admit it, perhaps he would feel better about the ad campaign. Or perhaps not. Elsewhere in that same interview, when he’s saying silly and patently untrue things about Apple computers (Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally) or bragging about Vista features (the way the search lets you go through lots of things, including lots of photos… And then I might edit a high-definition movie and a make a little DVD that’s got photos) that have been possible on a Mac for months or even years, he sounds an awful lot like PC in those commercials: by turns boastful and dismissive, trying too hard and succeeding too little, clinging to the tenuous and increasingly unpleasant company of his own mistaken assumptions.”
Hermann writes, “Much has been made of the notion that, at first glance, Mac and PC bear a more than passing resemblance to Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. And maybe that’s what really bugs Mr. Gates about the commercials. Maybe he’s not bothered by how they may hurt the feelings of 90 percent of computer users; maybe he’s bothered by how they hurt his own.”
More in the full article – highly recommended – here.
Bill Gates unhinged with Apple envy; Microsoft on path to become high profile casualty – February 06, 2007
Bill Gates has lost his mind: calls Apple liars, copiers; slams Mac OS X security vs. Windows – February 02, 2007