Instead of easy access to facts, information, and untainted news, the internet has become a cesspool for misinformation. Everyone has an opinion on everything and that doesn’t bode well for anyone, including the rich and famous. Despite untold riches it seems as if Apple has become beleaguered. Again.
The Age Of Misinformation
It wouldn’t take much of a stretch to compare modern media to be as influential as kings in the Dark Ages, and their subjects as ill informed as the peasant class of the same era.
Let’s take Apple, the iconic manufacturer of sought after digital computing gadgets, the epitome of the rags to riches story.
From humble beginnings in a garage, Apple learned hubris through success, and humility through failure.
Today’s Apple has risen from the ashes and landfill of disregarded and discarded technology companies to become rich and powerful. As respect for Apple’s methods was the disdainful talk of critics in the past, those critics have only grown in number, clamor, and influence.
Meanwhile, Apple remains pretty much what Apple has been since the reincarnation of Steve Jobs, circa 1997.
A Little Respect
The Mac maker spawned iTunes and saved the music industry. It created a truly smart phone and changed the communications industry. The first usable, popular tablet came from Apple and ushered in the post-PC era.
Does Apple get some respect now? Not even with $150-billion in the bank and hundreds of millions of customers.
Instead, the company’s fortunes appear tied to former employees afflicted with sour grapes syndrome, constant criticism from pundits who’ve never met a payroll for a billion dollar company, and a constant stream of off-the-wall recommendations which appear to be fodder for the eyes more than the brain.
Witness former Apple fellow Alan Kay, a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center visited by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the pre-Mac days. By all accounts Kay is a bright guy whose claim to fame is a brief tenure at Apple.
No Charisma For You!
Kay claims Apple needs to have ‘a charismatic leader who will shoot people in the knees when needed,’ apparently something Steve Jobs wasn’t afraid to be or do. Of course, this is a broadside pot shot at CEO Tim Cook, who apparently isn’t as charismatic in public as Jobs.
Of course, one needs merely to ask former iOS chief Scott Forstall’s opinion about Cook’s ability to aim for the knees. As for Alan Kay, he basks in the glorified shadow of co-founder Steve Wozniak, in the foothills of Mount What Have You Done For Me Lately?
Wozniak seems more intent on eating himself to zeppelin levels while critics like Kay seem to imply the sour grapes crowd could do better than the current leadership, but cannot divulge exactly how. Kay also implies that Steve Jobs departure has left Apple without a leader capable of making decisions. Really?
Do you wonder what Scott Forstall (head of iOS), John Browett (head of Apple stores), or Richard Williamson (head of Apple maps) would say about Cook’s ability to make decisions? Do you think JCPenny CEO Ron Johnson would like to rethink his decision to leave Apple?
As we stumble through the golden age of misinformation, let’s try to segregate fact from fiction, divide opinion and perspective from reality, and recognize that Apple seems to still be Apple– a technological enigma of a company, which polarizes and pleases both nominal critics and masses of customers.