“For two years I wrote a satirical blog under the persona of Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, and one of the recurring themes was that Jobs is not actually human but in fact is a demigod, the offspring of Zeus and a mortal woman, an immortal figure who uses his extraordinary powers to restore a sense of childlike wonder to the world by creating magical consumer-electronics products like the iPod and iPhone. This is, after all, a CEO who inspires a frightening level of adoration from Apple fanatics. These people think nothing of camping out overnight in freezing cold weather just to attend one of his speeches,” Daniel Lyons writes for Newsweek (Jobs is #34 on Newsweek’s list of “The Global Elite”).
MacDailyNews Take: In addition to being a former fake CEO, Lyons’ was, is, and likely will continue to be, a genuine orifice.
Lyons continues, “No other chief executive is so inextricably linked to his company’s brand and products. As one Wall Street analyst put it this year, ‘Apple is Steve Jobs, and Steve Jobs is Apple.'”
MacDailyNews Take: We sometimes wonder if Wall Street “analysts” are actually there to “analyze” companies’ performance or to attempt to move the stock price up or down for their clients. Looking at their records, some Wall Street analysts would fare better if they were analyzing the actual street vs. Apple Inc. By finding and filling potholes, at least they’d be doing something productive.
Lyons continues, “Alas, however, Jobs is all too human, as became evident in June when he appeared at an Apple conference looking frail and gaunt, causing Apple watchers to worry that perhaps Jobs had suffered a recurrence of the pancreatic cancer for which he underwent surgery four years ago… Jobs looks a lot older than his 53 years, and even before he pulled out of Macworld, much of the buzz about Apple was focused on who might succeed him as chief executive.”
MacDailyNews Take: Blah, blah, blah, Lyons’ schtick ran out years ago. Lately, he’s given up “humor” to become a full-time ghoul. Newsweek doesn’t seem to have figured it out or perhaps they don’t even care (at this point, the thing is down to like an average of 12 pages in print).
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MacDailyNews Take: “If Jobso is still running Apple at year-end, I’ll be shocked.” – Dan Lyons, July 03, 2008.
You’re running out of time, Danny Boy. We only wish that Lyons was being literal and that it involved significant voltage. Maybe that would help knock some common decency into him.