“The age of Steve Jobs is, to say the least, unexpected,” Michale Wolff claims for Newser. “Windows knocked him off the main stage for 10 years…”
MacDailyNews Take: Wrong.
Wolff continues, “Then the Internet seemed to sideline him…”
MacDailyNews Take: Wha?
Wolff continues, “Not to mention that serious business people (along with many others) thought he was nutty…”
MacDailyNews Take: He’s referring to Rupert Murdoch, who, of course, is the sanest man on the planet.
Wolff continues, “Then he had problems with the SEC (and not insignificant ones)…”
MacDailyNews Take: They seem pretty insignificant; Jobs was untouched.
Wolff continues, “Then he nearly died.”
MacDailyNews Take: Yay, Michael got one right!
Wolff continues, “Apple now has a bigger market cap than Microsoft (a prospect that not even the most devoted Apple fans would ever have imagined); the company is directly threatening Google for control of a significant part of the digital customer’s money and time; Jobs’ problems with the SEC have, magically, disappeared; and he seems, mirable [sic] dictu, very much alive. Is this good news?”
MacDailyNews Take: Michael Wolff is actually positing that the world would be better off if Steve Jobs were dead. And, he calls Jobs nutty! Sheesh. Then the crazy bastage implies that something nefarious happened between Jobs and the SEC, yet offers zero proof. One thing’s for sure: Michael Wolff comes off as one seriously scummy, jealous, miserable little man.
Wolff continues, “For the machine-loving consumer, Jobs’ triumph over Microsoft and Bill Gates is a marvel. Life seldom turns out this way. It’s a first in the history of architecture, where, in the mass market, the sensuous and beautiful triumphs over the functional and economic. The cost of such beauty, however, is having to accede to Apple’s world. Still, it is so much more pleasurable than the Windows world. But it is not just this world that is being acceded to—it’s acceding to Jobs himself.”
MacDailyNews Take: Trying to pass Windows off as “functional and economic” is cute, but laughably wrong. Windows has cost and continues to cost the world untold billions of dollars in lost productivity, time, and data, inflicted countless security catastrophes, etc., etc., etc. times a million.
Wolff continues, “We may never before have had a single executive in a public company who is so personally powerful. Is this good news?”
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MacDailyNews Take: So, what would Wolff prefer? A diminished, less powerful Steve Jobs, so we can all have crappier tech products? Steve Jobs has what he has for a reason: He earned it.
This, on the other hand, is what Michael Wolff is all about (Newser, January 16, 2009):
Steve Jobs, even more a Sun God—magical, temperamental, weird, frightening—than Murdoch, has nobody in his company, or world, to advise him, or challenge him, or balance him.
Reality doesn’t touch him. It is obviously not just a problem of physical heath, but of mental health, too. An obviously sick man, probably a mortally sick man, has been insisting on his own immortality—that’s nuts. The fact that most people have been willing to take him at his word has been as nutty… The logical answer to what happens at Apple without Jobs is that it dies. What you have, demonstrably, is a company without any managerial wherewithal beyond Jobs; these are Stockholm syndrome people. The big guy is dying and his crew is ready to go with him (taking the shareholders’ money along).
Michael, Steve Jobs still lives and breathes. That fact has obviously driven you to deep despair, you despicable sack of shit.