“Of the many things Apple does brilliantly, information dissemination isn’t among them,” David A. Kaplan writes for Fortune.
“The company’s reputation for secrecy is richly deserved: its employees are terrified of misspeaking, or speaking at all, to the media; its legal apparatchik attack trivial rumors as if they’re trade libel; product-development updates makes one pine for the openness of the Manhattan Project,” Kaplan writes. “So it’s been for nearly seven years that the health of Steve Jobs has been the subject relentless speculation by the media and Wall Street—and precious little explication from Apple.”
“Last week came word that Jobs has begun his third ‘medical leave of absence.’ His six-sentence e-mail to employees, which Apple released to the public, offered no details of his health… Jobs anticipated the clamor. ‘My family and I would deeply appreciate respect for our privacy,” is how he concluded his e-mail. The nerve of the guy!”
Kaplan writes, “In fact, though, he’s right. The cry for more, it seems to me, is ghoulish curiosity masquerading as the right-to-know-about-a-public-company. Just what is it we all have to learn about Jobs’s health, since we already well apprehend he’s no Sumner Redstone (87 and going strong) or ‘Papa Jack’ Weil (107 when he died in 2008, still the CEO of Rockmount Ranch Wear)?”
Read more in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Cory A.” for the heads up.]