Anthony Sacramone writes: My guess is that the secondary story line, about Lisa, Jobs’s daughter, whom Jobs had rejected, denied having even fathered, is somehow a parallel to, or the catalyst for, the primary story line, which is to say that Jobs “accidentally” fathered Lisa, but intentionally fathered… 59 more words…
Sacré Bleu! Move to Name Paris Street After Steve Jobs has French Leftists Freaking OutPosted: December 2, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, France | Tags: Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Apple Inc, Capitalism, Communists, European Commission, European Union, Google, iPhone, Paris, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
The local district mayor wants to call one of several new streets around the vast Halle Freyssinet high-tech startup hub the ‘Rue Steve Jobs’ in honor of America’s best-known Capitalist.
PARIS (Reuters) – Geert De Clercq reports: A proposal to name a street after the late Apple Inc chief executive and co-founder Steve Jobs has divided the leftist city council of a Paris district.
“Steve Jobs was chosen because of his impact on the development of personal computing and because he was a real entrepreneur.”
— Spokeswoman for mayor Jerome Coumet
The local district mayor wants to call one of several new streets around the vast Halle Freyssinet high-tech startup hub the “Rue Steve Jobs” in honor of the U.S. inventor of the iPhone who died in 2011.
“The choice of Steve Jobs is misplaced in light of the heritage he has left behind.”
— Communist local councillors
But Green and Communist local councillors in Paris’s 13th district don’t like the idea because of Apple’s social and fiscal practices.
“Steve Jobs was chosen because of his impact on the development of personal computing and because he was a real entrepreneur,” said a spokeswoman for mayor Jerome Coumet, defending the proposal.
She said other streets would be named after British computer scientist and code-breaker Alan Turing, UK mathematician and computer pioneer Ada Lovelace, US naval officer and computer programming pioneer Grace Murray Hopper and French civil engineer Eugene Freyssinet, who invented pre-stressed concrete.
Leftist councillors are not impressed however by Jobs’ reputation and heritage. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Delusional: Nancy Pelosi Claims Government Created the iPhone, Not Steve Jobs or ApplePosted: June 10, 2016 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Science & Technology | Tags: Democratic National Convention Platform Hearings, iPhone, Nancy Pelosi, news, Steve Jobs, video Leave a comment
[VIDEO] WOZICON: Apple Co-founder Starts Silicon Valley Comic ConPosted: February 22, 2016 Filed under: Art & Culture, Comics, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Apple Inc, CNBC, Comicon, iPhone, Jan Koum, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Sundar Pichai, Whatsapp Leave a comment
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak had a front-row seat as the personal computer began to reshape society, so it made perfect sense to him to bring a convention meshing technology with pop culture to Silicon Valley.
‘Steve Jobs’ Bombs at Box Office: ‘What Went Wrong’, the Industry VersionPosted: October 26, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Apple Inc, Ashton Kutcher, Christian Bale, Climate change, Danny Boyle, David Fincher, Divestment, Global warming, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
Brent Lang writes: When Amy Pascal allowed “Steve Jobs” to leave Sony for Universal, the studio chief fretted that she had let a modern day “Citizen Kane” slip through her fingers.
“There was an over-inflated sense of how well this film could do. Its only chance now is to gain awards traction.”
— Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations
The strikingly literate biopic about the Apple co-founder was brilliant she noted, but after Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale passed on the title role, it lacked a major star, limiting its commercial prospects. In the end, Pascal, whose job was already threatened by a string of flops like “After Earth” and “White House Down,” couldn’t justify the risk.
Fast-forward nearly a year. Pascal is out of a job, “Steve Jobs” has debuted to rapturous reviews, and the film is a strong Oscar contender. It’s every bit as good as Pascal thought it would be, but the then Sony chief’s wariness also appears to have been entirely justified.
“Steve Jobs” was too brainy, too cold, and too expensive to make it a success. Moreover, Michael Fassbender, the electrifying Irish actor who replaced Bale as Jobs, lacks the drawing power to open the picture.
Too ‘brainy, too cold, too expensive’ to make it a success? Oh, please. I prefer John Nolte’s analysis:
Everything other than the father-daughter story is subplot, and this wouldn’t be terribly interesting even if it were true. But it’s not true. Sorkin made it all up. Also fabricated is the central conflict between Jobs and Wozniak. Missing is Jobs’ legendary ability to inspire greatness from those around him. Jobs was no angel, few successful people are, but this still feels like a smear job.
Basically, Sorkin used the name Steve Jobs and the historical beats of the man’s life to tell a fictional story about a bunch of rich white people, their personal problems and eccentricities and hang-ups….(read more)
After racking up the year’s best per-screen average in its opening weekend and doing strong business in limited expansion, “Steve Jobs” hit a stumbling block in its national release. It debuted to a measly $7.3 million, only a little more than the $6.7 million that “Jobs,” a critically derided film about the iPhone father with Ashton Kutcher, made in its initial weekend. Going into the weekend, some tracking suggested that the picture would do as much as $19 million.
So what went wrong?
Universal believes that the picture can recover. Studio executives note that it is popular in major urban markets like San Francisco and New York, and argue that the film’s A minus CinemaScore means word-of-mouth will be strong. If it can stay in theaters until Golden Globe and Oscar nominations are announced, they believe it can rebound.
“We are going to continue to support the film in the markets where it is showing strength and we’re going to continue to do it aggressively and proactively,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “The critics are there for it and the buzz in these markets is strong.”
It’s still hard to see how the film turns a profit. Read the rest of this entry »
The Mac Mothership: Apple’s Earliest AdsPosted: October 25, 2015 Filed under: History, Mediasphere | Tags: 1970s, Advertising, Apple Inc, Apple TV, Code name, IOS, iPhone, Steve Jobs, vintage 1 Comment
The Mac Mothership – Here’s how Apple first started advertising its products in the late 1970s….(more)
Source: vintage everyday
Aaron Sorkin Apologizes to Apple’s Tim Cook Over Steve Jobs BiopicPosted: September 28, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Academy Award, Apple Inc, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Boyle, Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender, Seth Rogen, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak Leave a comment
Ben Child reports: Aaron Sorkin has apologised for mounting a scathing attack on the Apple chief executive Tim Cook after the pair clashed over the forthcoming Oscar-tipped biopic Steve Jobs.
Sorkin, who wrote the screenplay for Danny Boyle’s film about Cook’s predecessor as head of the technology firm, told E! News: “You know what, I think that Tim Cook and I probably both went a little too far. And I apologise to Tim Cook. I hope when he sees the movie, he enjoys it as much as I enjoy his products.”
[FLASHBACK: Aaron Sorkin Arrested in Drug Case – cocaine, hallucinogenic mushrooms]
The Social Network and West Wing screenwriter’s apology came after he was drawn into a war of words with Cook following the latter’s appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert earlier this month. During his appearance, the Apple boss described recent attempts to immortalise Jobs on the big screen – he was referring to both Steve Jobs and the current Alex Gibney documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine – as “opportunistic”, adding: “I hate that, it’s not a great part of our world.”
Sorkin hit back at a roundtable junket interview in London last week, suggesting that the film-makers took pay cuts to get Steve Jobs made, and blasting Apple’s own record. Read the rest of this entry »
Alex Gibney’s New Documentary Paints An Ambivalent Portrait Of Steve JobsPosted: September 6, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, Alex Gibney, Apple II series, Apple Inc, Documentary film, Eddy Cue, IBM, iPhone, IPhone 4, IPod, iTunes, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Wheels of Zeus Leave a comment
Anthony Ha writes: Earlier this week, I joined a group of journalists to meet with director Alex Gibney and discuss his new film, Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine — and the first thing he did was put away his iPhone.
It was no big deal, but the action took a little extra humor and weight since the documentary is all about our relationship with Jobs and the products he created. It opens with footage of the mass outpouring of grief after Jobs’ death in 2011, and the rest of the movie asks: Why did people feel so much attachment to the CEO of an enormous tech company? And is Jobs really worthy of such admiration?
“The way the Jobs film ends, there’s no prescription there. To me, the best films are the ones that force you, not force you but encourage you to take something out of the theater and the questions roll around you in your head.”
Gibney isn’t trying to convince people that they should stop buying Apple products — after all, he’s still got that iPhone. Instead the aim is to raise questions about Jobs’ values and the influence those values had on the rest of Silicon Valley (where Gibney often sees a similar “rough-and-tumble libertarian vibe”).
“The film is not a slam. The film is a meditation on this guy’s life and what it meant to us. It’s not so simple.”
“The way the Jobs film ends, there’s no prescription there,” he said. “To me, the best films are the ones that force you, not force you but encourage you to take something out of the theater and the questions roll around you in your head.”
On the other hand, the film’s ability to address those questions may have been hampered by the fact that many people declined to be interviewed — there’s no Steve Wozniak, no one currently at Apple, and the closest you get to Jobs’ family is Chrisann Brennan, the mother of his first child Lisa. In fact, Gibney recounted how Apple employees walked out of a screening of the movie at South by Southwest — at the time, Apple’s Eddy Cue tweeted that it was “an inaccurate and mean-spirited view of my friend.” Read the rest of this entry »
Apple Expected to Hold Sept. 9 iPhone/Apple TV Event at Bill Graham Civic Center in San FranciscoPosted: August 26, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Apple II, Apple Inc, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, Buzzfeed, Cisco Systems, CNN, Entrepreneur, Internet, iPhone, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
Apple recently has venturing out from the norm when it comes to where it hosts its product unveil events.
Chance Miller reports: The Planning Department documents simply list that a company has reserved the location for a “trade show” running from September 4th to September 10th, although no company has publicly confirmed that it has reserved the location. Given the length of the reservation and the amount of secrecy surrounding the details, it definitely seems more than likely that Apple is behind it. Hoodline claims that its source shared documents from event logistics that confirm Apple is renting the building.
[Read the full story here, at 9to5Mac]
Security personnel and police forces have been patrolling the building this week at all hours, while heavy equipment has been loaded into a stationed around the building. Furthermore, several planned street closures also corroborate the idea of Apple holding its event at the Bill Graham Civic Center:
Furthermore, planned street closures in the area reveal that Grove Street in front of the auditorium will be shut down to traffic from 6pm on Tuesday Sept. 8th to 11:59pm on Thursday Sept. 10th, while Fulton between Hyde and Larkin will be shut down on Wednesday Sept. 9th between 4am and 11:59pm. That block of Fulton is frequently used as a staging area for film crews and equipment in the Civic Center area, as it was during February’s filming of the upcoming Steve Jobs movie.
Apple recently has venturing out from the norm when it comes to where it hosts its product unveil events. For instance, last year’s fall iPhone and Apple Watch event was held at De Anza College. This move on Apple’s part reportedly cost it over $1 million due to fees for campus disruption, security, and the use of the Flint Center itself. Read the rest of this entry »
The New Steve Jobs?Posted: August 7, 2015 Filed under: Asia, Global, Humor, Mediasphere, Science & Technology, The Butcher's Notebook | Tags: Kim Jong-un, North Korea, Space and Time, Steve Jobs, Time Zone Leave a comment
[VIDEO] First trailer for Former Gawker COO’s ‘Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine’ Documentary ReleasedPosted: July 25, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, U.S. News | Tags: Academy Award, Alex Gibney, and the Prison of Belief, Apple Inc, Documentary film, Eddy Cue, Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, Scientology, South by Southwest, Steve Jobs, Taxi to the Dark Side Leave a comment
Magnolia Pictures and CNN Films today debuted the first trailer for the upcoming biographical film centered around Steve Jobs. “Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine” was originally premiered earlier this year at SXSW and is spearheaded by director Alex Gibney and executive producer Gaby Darbyshire, who is the former Chief Operating Officer of Gawker Media.
Darbyshire headed up Gawker legal when the media company’s subsidiary Gizmodo bought the iPhone 4 that was “left at the bar” and would have been at the center of the controversy that surrounded the subsequent firestorm with Apple and then CEO Steve Jobs. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] A Second Strange Preview: Steve JobsPosted: July 1, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Aaron, Aaron Sorkin, Apple Inc, Ariane Labed, Assassin's Creed, Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Universal Studios Releases First Trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s Steve Jobs BiopicPosted: May 17, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Apple Inc, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Boyle, Kate Winslet, Michael Fassbender, Michael Stuhlbarg, Seth Rogen, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak Leave a comment
Universal Studios has just released the first trailer for the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic. The trailer gives us our first on-screen look at star Michael Fassbender as the Apple co-founder, along with Seth Rogen as Steve Wozniak, Kate Winslet as Mac engineer Joanna Hoffman, and Jeff Daniels as John Sculley….(read more)
[VIDEO] Space Gray Gadget Review: Apple Watch Hands-On and First ImpressionsPosted: April 11, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Guns and Gadgets, Science & Technology | Tags: 3G, Angela Ahrendts, Apple Inc, Apple iPhone 5C, Apple Store, Facebook, iPad, iPhone, Steve Jobs, User interface 1 Comment
Dom Esposito writes:
…Apple Watch is finally available to preorder, but if you missed the mark at 12:01 a.m. you might be waiting quite a while to get your hands on one. Luckily, Apple is providing try-on appointments that will allow you to get a taste of the experience and feel one out for yourself. Recently, we took that opportunity to get our hands on a few and offer some initial impressions on the hardware and software…
In the video below, we take a look at three Apple Watch models and the widely popular Apple Watch Sport in Space Gray. Along with that we took a tour of the software available on the demo models and it was quite interesting. Apple Watch is definitely a very different product from anything we’ve seen the company offer, but along with that it brings a unique experience that no other product can match up to.
We got our hands on the 42mm Apple Watch with the Leather Loop, Milanese Loop, and Link Bracelet band styles. Each band really does bring an entirely different look, feel, and experience to the table. The Apple Watch Sport comes along with a “custom high-performance fluoroelastomer,” but don’t let the generic term “rubber” turn you away. It actually feels very nice.
Is it all worth the hype? Well, that’s somewhat subjective, but check out our hands-on and first impressions video above for a closer look at Apple Watch hardware and software:
We also took a brief look through the software UI and features with the demo models. While these demos are running loops throughout various portions of the interface, there’s still quite a bit that you can do to test out its functionality. It’s smooth overall, but we noticed a bit of lag here and there. Read the rest of this entry »
Sorkin Movie Quotes Steve Jobs: ‘If a fire causes a stampede to the unmarked exits, it will have been worth it to those who survive’Posted: April 3, 2015 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Andy Hertzfeld, Apple Inc, Danny Boyle, iMac, Joanna Hoffman, Michael Fassbender, NeXT, Seth Rogen, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
Mike Beasley reports on Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming Steve Jobs biopic:
While we haven’t gotten many details about the Aaron Sorkin-penned screenplay based on Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, we have previously learned that it will focus on three separate days in the life of the Apple co-founder, with each 30-minute act taking place just before a major product announcement. We also know that Michael Fassbender will star alongside Seth Rogen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Kate Winslet, Perla Haney-Jardine, and Jeff Daniels.
Today we got our hands on a copy of the screenplay (or at least a February 2014 draft of it) which reveals what many already may have already suspected based on previous reports: the three products Jobs will unveil during the biopic are the original Macintosh, the NeXT Cube, and the iMac.
[The movie hits theaters on October 9th]
The film opens with the launch of the Macintosh and a key scene in which Andy Hertzfeld and Joanna Hoffman attempt to convince Steve Jobs to cut the iconic “Hello, I am Macintosh” moment from the computer’s demo due to a voice synthesizer problem. “The first rule of a launch is nothing can crash,” Hoffman says.
That’s followed up by a humorous moment in which Jobs tries to convince his team to turn off the exit signs above the doors to totally darken the room during the event. He even offers to pay whatever fines the fire marshal imposes. “If a fire causes a stampede to the unmarked exits, it will have been worth it to those who survive,” Jobs quips. Read the rest of this entry »
Check out this incredibly cool GIF of Apple’s website in 1997Posted: March 18, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Advertising, Apple, iMac, Internet, Mac IPod, Retail, Steve Jobs, vintage Leave a comment
[VIDEO] Christian Bale to Play Steve JobsPosted: October 23, 2014 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere, U.S. News | Tags: Aaron Sorkin, Apple, Apple Inc, Biography, Christian Bale, Cinema, Danny Boyle, Movies, Sony, Steve Jobs, Variety Magazine, Walter Isaacson 1 Comment
Aaron Sorkin has confirmed that Christian Bale will play Steve Jobs in Sony’s upcoming biopic about the Apple co-founder. Sorkin penned the script and Danny Boyle is attached to direct….(more)
[PHOTO] I Have to Admit, the New iPhone is…Posted: September 9, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, History, Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPhone 6, Saladin Ahmed, Smartphone, Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Twitter Leave a comment
I have to admit, the new iPhone is beautiful. pic.twitter.com/AZq3U74Zec
— Saladin Ahmed (@saladinahmed) September 9, 2014
Heidi Roizen: ‘What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs’Posted: March 22, 2014 Filed under: Mediasphere, Science & Technology | Tags: Heidi Roizen, NeXT, Norman Seeff, Randy Adams, Stanford Graduate School of Business, Steve Jobs, Steve Peregrin Took 2 Comments
I’m a sucker for business stories, well-told. This is one. I promise if you get to the part where Heidi Roizen says “That’s when the light bulb came on…” you’ll want to make the jump and read more. Take it away Heidi:
Heidi Roizen writes: Fresh out of Stanford Business School, I started a software company, T/Maker, with my brother Peter. He was the software architect and I was, well, everything else. Our little company was among the first to ship software for the Macintosh, and we developed a positive reputation among the members of the nascent developer community, which led us to expanding our business by publishing software for other independent developers. Two of our developers, Randy Adams and William Parkhurst, went to work for Steve Jobs at his new company, NeXT, and that’s how I ended up head to head with Steve Jobs.
“I was stunned. There was no way I could run my business giving him 50% of my product revenues. I started to defend myself, stammering about the economics of my side of the business. He tore up the contract and handed me the pieces…”
Turns out, Steve had a problem and Randy and William thought I could be the solution. Steve had done an “acquihire” of the developers who had written the Mac word processor MacAuthor. In order to make the deal economics work, Steve had promised to publish MacAuthor and pay royalties to the developers. But now, with the world’s attention on his new startup, how would it look to have NeXT’s first product be a word processor for the Mac? Randy and William suggested to Steve that if I were to be the publisher, the problem would be solved. Steve liked the idea, and invited me in to talk about it. Read the rest of this entry »
Apple’s Merger Chief Met in Secret with Tesla CEOPosted: February 18, 2014 Filed under: Science & Technology, U.S. News | Tags: Apple, Elon Musk, iPhone, San Francisco Chronicle, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Tesla, Tesla Motors 1 Comment
Sebastian Blanco writes: There’s no lack of connections between two of the most darling Silicon Valley companies, Apple and Tesla Motors. Most recently, the electric car manufacturerhired away Apple’s “Hacker Princess,” Kristin Paget, but it’s possible to look back as far as 2010 to see when Tesla hired the man who worked on the Apple Store experience, George Blankenship, to get the Tesla Stores in order (he left in late 2013). More recently, there’s been outside calls for the two to link arms, namely from banking analyst Adnaan Ahmad who said Apple should just up and buy Tesla (some have also predicted that General Motors could do just that in 2014) in late 2013. But nothing in this list ties the two companies together as strongly as a new report in the San Francisco Chronicle: Apple’s chief of mergers and acquisitions, Adrian Perica, secretly met with Tesla CEO Elon Musk last spring.
Steve Jobs wanted Sony VAIOs to run Mac’s OSPosted: February 5, 2014 Filed under: History, Science & Technology, U.S. News | Tags: Akio Morita, Apple, Kunitake Andō, Mac OS, OS X, Sony, Steve Jobs, VAIO 1 Comment
Joseph Volpe reports: If Steve Jobs had gotten his way, that VAIO in your lap could’ve been running OS X, Apple’s operating system. It sounds like fiction, but consider the source: former Sony president Kunitake Ando. The revelation, which stems from an interview Ando gave to Japanese journalist Nobuyuki Hayashi in 2011, highlights the close relationship Jobs reportedly shared with Sony’s co-founder Akio Morita — a relationship that led Jobs to make an exception to Apple’s walled off ecosystem. And according to Ando, it was on a 2001 golf trip in Hawaii that Jobs decided to surprise Sony executives with a version of Mac OS X running on a VAIO, four years before the Intel transition was made public.
As we all now know, that Apple/Sony partnership wasn’t meant to be. For Sony, the proposal was simply a case of bad timing, as it ran counter to not only the success the VAIO line was experiencing at the time, but also the wishes of its engineering team.
After having spent so much time optimizing VAIO for Windows, Ando says Sony’s engineering team saw OS X on VAIO as a diversion of resources and were “opposed [to] asking ‘if it is worth it’.” It was because of these two factors that Sony never pursued the prospect of Mac-compatible VAIOs any further…
Disaster: How The Macintosh Failed (and Still Changed Computing)Posted: January 24, 2014 Filed under: History, Science & Technology | Tags: Apple, John Sculley, Lisa, Macintosh, Microsoft, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson 1 Comment
Chris O’Brien writes: This morning much of the tech world is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the original Macintosh computer.
It was Jan. 24, 1984, when a young Steve Jobs — sporting a goofy bow tie — stepped onto a stage in Cupertino, Calif., and unveiled the Macintosh. However deeply cynical we have grown about product launches, there is no doubt about how genuine the enthusiasm was in the auditorium that day.
Just watch the above video to the end and see the audience go completely bonkers. As a bonus, you get to see Jobs showing early signs of his stagecraft.
The event stands as one of Silicon Valley’s most mythic — a single moment that everyone can point to and say, “That was when everything changed.”
And that’s sort of true. But the reality, as always, is more complex.
This is More Like it: Steve Jobs’ Childhood Home Gets Landmark StatusPosted: October 29, 2013 Filed under: Art & Culture, Economics, History | Tags: Apple, Los Altos California, Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak Leave a comment
Steve Jobs’ childhood home in Silicon Valley got historic designation on Monday night. The historical commission in the city of Los Altos, California voted unanimously to make it a landmark, the Daily News reported.
The modest, one-story home where the Apple Inc. co-founder and his foster parents moved in 1968 is currently owned by Jobs’ sister, Patricia Jobs. The tech visionary built the first 100 Apple I computers at the home at 2066 Crist Drive with the help from her and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.
Obama, the ManagerPosted: October 21, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Apple, Barack Obama, Hurricane Gustav, iPhone, Mario Cuomo, Obama, Sarah Palin, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
Jonah Goldberg notes: I recently had a small piece in the magazine where I made the point — now fairly commonplace — that Obama’s campaign was much better at running web operations than the Obama administration is. I wrote of Obama’s invocation of Apple’s “glitchy” roll out of the new iPhone:
People have had a lot of fun with this low-gear spin. Apple doesn’t force you to pay a fine if you don’t buy an iPhone. If the late Steve Jobs had handled the rollout of its most important product in a generation this badly, he’d probably have been looking for a new job. The “glitch” in the iPhone operating system didn’t stop people from being able to use the product, and it was seamlessly fixed after a few days. The Healthcare.gov “glitches” are in fact structural defects that may take weeks or months to repair. Apple doesn’t use tax dollars . . .
Oh, you get it. You could go on all day pointing out flaws in the president’s analogy because, well, it’s not a very good analogy.
A better, more illuminating comparison is between the Obama campaign’s technological brilliance and the Obama administration’s thumbless grasp of very similar technology. It’s a time-honored observation by pols and pundits to note that there’s a difference between campaigning and governing. “You campaign in poetry,” Mario Cuomo famously observed, and “you govern in prose.”
I think it’s fair to say that no president has been more confused on this basic point than Barack Obama. Read the rest of this entry »
Why Films Based on Real Life Are Flooding the Oscar RacePosted: October 16, 2013 Filed under: Entertainment, Mediasphere | Tags: Argo, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, Robbie Brenner, Steve Jobs, WikiLeaks, YouTube 1 Comment
VARIETY‘s Tim Gray reports: So it’s little surprise that there are twice as many reality-based films currently vying for awards attention as last year, when one of those, “Argo,” took home the best picture Oscar.
Even though such movies are tough to pull off, filmmakers agree that the jump in numbers (from 8 to 17) is due to several factors, including audience tastes, studio responsiveness, filmmakers’ determination and the social-media world we now inhabit.
“The boundary between public and private is starting to merge,” says Bill Condon, who directed “The Fifth Estate,” about Julian Assange and the creation of WikiLeaks.
Condon suggests that thanks to public platforms like YouTube and Twitter, “People are starring in the movies of their own lives and sharing those things with everybody else.”
Give Back? Yes, It’s Time For The 99% To Give Back To The 1%Posted: September 19, 2013 Filed under: Economics | Tags: Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Goldman Sachs, Harry Binswanger, Henry Ford, John Galt, Lloyd Blankfein, Steve Jobs 1 Comment
Harry Binswanger writes: It’s time to gore another collectivist sacred cow. This time it’s the popular idea that the successful are obliged to “give back to the community.” That oft-heard claim assumes that the wealth of high-earners is taken away from “the community.” And beneath that lies the perverted Marxist notion that wealth is accumulated by “exploiting” people, not by creating value–as if Henry Ford was not necessary for Fords to roll off the (non-existent) assembly lines and Steve Jobs was not necessary for iPhones and iPads to spring into existence. Read the rest of this entry »
1978: Steve Jobs Gets Ready to Go On TVPosted: September 6, 2013 Filed under: Mediasphere | Tags: Apple, Apple II, Ashton Kutcher, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, YouTube Leave a comment
“God, look at that. Look, I’m on television!”
Mental Floss has embedded a YouTube video of a young Steve Jobs preparing to be interviewed by San Francisco’s KGO-TV in 1978. The video has been online for years already, but it’s Friday and you’re pretending to be busy until you see your boss slip out early, at which point you’ll slip out 15 minutes later once you’re sure you won’t pass each other on the highway. Read the rest of this entry »
Rise of the A-holePosted: October 23, 2012 Filed under: Mediasphere, Reading Room | Tags: Anthony Trollope, Asshole, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Geoffrey Nunberg, John Edwards, Los Angeles, Rielle Hunter, Steve Jobs Leave a comment
On the night John Edwards first bedded Rielle Hunter in 2006, the former vice presidential candidate, father, self-styled crusader for the poor and husband of a woman dying from breast cancer told his new mistress he had three other girlfriends in Chicago, Florida and Los Angeles, Hunter later said.
Edwards told her he needed her to be his “safe place,” then later admitted that he had fabricated the story about the three other girlfriends — to keep her from getting too attached, Hunter said.
John Edwards was a Hall of Fame-level a-hole. Who are these people? How did they get that way? And what should the rest of us do about them? In his new book, “A–holes: A Theory” (Doubleday), University of California, Irvine philosophy professor Aaron James ponders these questions.
An absurdly unjustified sense of entitlement is critical to a-holism, James points out. Edwards probably felt that he was a tireless advocate for the poor, just as Steve Jobs’ “knowledge of how much people love his gadgets could potentially explain why he felt entitled to park in handicapped spaces, skimp on philanthropic giving and intentionally hurt his associates. As Jobs’ best friend, Jony Ive, explains, ‘When he’s very frustrated . . . his way to achieve catharsis is to hurt somebody. And I think he feels he has a liberty and license to do that.’ ”
There is a shocking aspect to all this: Steve Jobs had a friend?
An a-hole is not a psychopath, but he does feel a right to do what he does — cut to the head of the line, weave in and out of traffic,
hijack the conversation — and is surprised by, or simply disregards, others’ objections to his behavior. Also, there is a pettiness to the a-hole’s deeds. And a-holism presupposes a level of intimacy and familiarity.
We don’t refer to criminals, terrorists or even people who sneak across the border as a-holes; Hitler was a monster, not an a-hole. Yet a-hole behavior is so egregious that it spurs us to vulgarity; “jerk” is too mild an epithet for the likes of Donald Trump, Simon Cowell, Nancy Pelosi, Joe “You Lie!” Wilson, Kanye West, Naomi Campbell, Michael Moore, Mel Gibson, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Anthony Weiner and Charlie Sheen. These are a few of the A-holes flagged in Geoffrey Nunberg in his new book, “Ascent of the A-Word: A-holism, The First Sixty Years” (PublicAffairs).
“Every age,” Nunberg writes, “creates a particular social offender that it makes a collective preoccupation — the cad in Anthony Trollope’s day, the phony that Holden Caulfield was fixated on in the postwar years — and the a–hole is ours . . . It signals indignation, with an undercurrent of contempt.”
Nunberg, a Berkeley linguist, notes that the A-word dates back only to WWII, when GIs used it and many thought it meant something like nerd (just as “ass,” which formerly meant “silly person,” is now converging in meaning with the more popular epithet). Norman Mailer was a pioneer of bringing the word to print, and if you’re thinking, “It takes one to name one,” you’re onto something.
A-holism is a virus: The acts of an a-hole are so outrageous they give us cause to be a-holes right back at them.
Be honest: A postseason Sox/Yanks game wouldn’t be nearly so important if you weren’t thinking about how unhappy the other side will be in defeat.
“That’s how a lot of partisans think of themselves, as in the business of infuriating the a-holes on the other side,” says Nunberg. Notice that in the presidential debates, Obama partisans cheered when Joe Biden acted like an a-hole for precisely this reason.
Technology — hello, Twitter! — enables us rapidly to feel familiar with ideological opponents we’ve never met, and you can bet that the day after the election will break all records for public displays of a-holism on the winning side. The modern office career is another boost for a-holism; James notes that a university study found that professional stock traders were more reckless than psychopaths on a competitive test measuring willingness to cooperate and egotism. The study co-author noted, the traders “spent a lot of energy trying to damage their opponents.” It was as if they noticed a neighbor had a nice car so “they took after it with a baseball bat so they could look better themselves.”
In a more cooperative and trust-based job, like construction, a-holism couldn’t thrive; annoy someone too much when you’re putting up a building, and you might find yourself accidentally getting a sack of cement dropped on your toes.
You’ll notice that a lot of these trends are pushing in the same direction. A-holism is one of those things, like traffic and the cost of education, that is always bad and yet always getting worse. Modern life is a rich, fertile environment for louts, jerks and boors: It’s an a-hole jungle out there.
- Who You Callin’ A**hole? (slate.com)
- The Rise Of The Asshole (npr.org)
- “Ascent of the A-Word ” Geoffrey Nunberg’s Masterpeice (bobsutton.typepad.com)
- Rielle Hunter: Moving Closer to John Edwards? (thehollywoodgossip.com)
- Review: What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me (kassa011.wordpress.com)
- Geoffrey Nunberg’s new book: ‘The Ascent of the A-Word’ (ischool.berkeley.edu)
- Understanding Assholism (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)