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A little historical perspective. When portable printed books first appeared in the early 1500s, there was a lot of anguish among the Schoolmen invested in the manuscript culture of scarce, very scarce, books. The Church had most to lose, because the copyists were the stock in trade of the monasteries, and thought could be controlled almost absolutely. Would you have referred to the new printed books as "stuff?" People went off to the taverns and coffee shops and buried...
Thanks, waiting to see if that's what Cash meant by "burned badly."
Hey, I forgot about that, thanks for reminding. In addition to following the money, use the nose to follow that smell of digital fishwrapping from lower Manhatten. Gawker is out to get Apple, even before the phone theft.
I'd agree with the Lisa reconciliation. Don't know about him "badly burning" Woz. What are you referring to?You're badly misunderstanding what I meant if you think his redemption is represented by Apple's financial success. I'm talking about character redemption in the philosophical sense, like the way Lyndon Johnson redeemed himself (partially) for Viet Nam witth Civil Rights, for example. But then I doubt you share my opinion that Apple has always been seen by Jobs as a...
Great story, thanks for telling it.
As I see it from the previews and commentary so far, the problem is not in showing the negatives in Jobs's charater and behavior. It's in the relentless concentration on those negatives while ignoring the more important transcendance of the youthful outrages, plus the counterbalancing of his continuing abrasiveness. His family years and his unmatched business accomplishments and his developing philosophy of product realization attest to this growth in character. In other...
I think this isn't like most things, though. Gibney's left out the entire story of Jobs's redemption (from what I can tell so far), and one of the greatest atonements in history, the resurrection of this little company he and Woz founded and which Jobs sent into the future to change the world. It looks like that framework is missing. There's no middle for the truth to lie in.
Gibney shows himself to be a hack and a sleaze. No way will I see it. Bad for one's health—spiritually and blood-pressure-wise. Maybe he jumped the shark on this one and his career will take a dive. Karmically, he's earned a major bitch slap from the goddess Kali. I think he's a virgin, in the Steve Jobs sense, which means he's disqualified from making the movie in the first place.
Well, I have to leap to TS's defense. He doesn't live in the 1940s, he lives in Indiana, where I used to live. I can attest that the Hoosier state should be declared a world heritage site. Example: they just held the 50th anniversary Bill Monroe Bluegrass Festival at Beanblossom, which I attended just about 50 years ago. Why Indiana? It's a long way from the Blue Ridge Mountains. Answer: the glacial moraine hills, the limestone underneath. It's a time capsule. People are...
That's right, ya gotta use both hyphens for it to work: "off-balance-sheet commitments." Not that unusual.
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