Originally Posted by secretgoldfish
For all the folks hassling ConradJoe, I think you might be;
(a) taking him a little too literally
(b) lacking a sarcasm detector
(c) choosing to filter his comments through the ol' tried and tested 'reality distortion field'
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I personally find modern Apple fandom to be a tad on the creepy side and if this is what it takes to be be a fan nowadays, then I'm considering changing my fan status and membership to an 'in the closet' status.
Then again, I never understood why Apple gave me a 'logo' sticker with each computer I purchased, did they seriously want me to put it on my car or display it somewhere with pride?
First, it is you who is taking CJ seriously. If he were an ordinary psychologically disturbed troll who is here to stick a thumb in everybody's eye, that would be sad, but ignorable and tolerable. But he's not, he's a paid disrupter, by his own admission. Not that I take the details of his admission seriously, just the overall scenario.
On your second point, I halfway agree with you. No word of any kind is on any t-shirt I own, and there ain't no stickers on my car. But consider the function that Apple serves these days as a crowd phenomenon or zeitgeist emblem. It's a little short on the frenzy, but it's very like what it was around the Beatles in the 60s, or maybe a combination of them and Dylan at the time. Waiting for Sgt. Pepper
was similar to iPad anticipation. If we'd had fMRI at the time, and you could run someone through the machine today around the next Apple life-changer on the horizon, I betcha you'd see the same areas light up.
Steve and Woz, and Raskin, Atkinson, Hertzfeld, Ive and let's not forget Smith really did establish a New Thing worth being in a crowd for. Now it's -- oh dear! -- a "multinational corporation" making "consumerist" devices. Just like the Beatles and the record biz, more popular than Jesus at the time, according to John Lennon. But, you say, the Beatles were at least about art. Well guess who else is about art, the art of technology, which is why they deserve
to draw a crowd.
But I understand what you mean. The friend I went to Woodstock with left the first day and hitched back to the city. Couldn't dig the crowd scene.
Meanwhile, notice that ConradJoe
is not defending his calling those nice, clean-cut people "weirdos."
Edit: Nicely anticipated by island hermit