“Jason Snell, editor of Macworld (the magazine, which has nothing officially to do with Macworld the show… believes Macworld (the show) will be better off without Apple (the company). That’s a little like saying Minnie Mouse would have been better off ditching Mickey and going for a solo career,” Robert X. Cringely writes for Computerworld.
“Macworld is actually run by IDG World Expo, one of the many arms of the IDG tech empire (Macworld the magazine is one arm, Infoworld is another). IDG is like Shiva, the Hindu goddess of destruction, on steroids — and about as intractable,” Cringely writes.
“Jobs, of course, is the One Right and True Way in all things tech. He doesn’t lose arguments, he just ends them,” Cringely writes.
“So I suspect the explanation is far simpler. This abrupt announcement, coming just as the holidays descend upon us, has all the classic signs of a Jobs temper tantrum. Jobs wanted to change something major about the show. IDG said no, Steve said something like “Fine — see ya, wouldn’t wanna be ya” — only with a lot more expletives thrown in,” Cringely writes. “Besides, Macworld needs Apple more than Apple needs Macworld.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Now, wait, which Cringely is this again? Oh, whatever. By now, we’ve heard every explanation under the sun, but we continue to firmly believe that the real reason why Jobs pulled out of Macworld Expo was the message he received last week via deep-space satellite: “Klaatu barada nikto.”
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “James W.” for the heads up.]