Never badder than bad cause the brother is madder than mad
There are days when I want to talk about what Apple does well, when the Apple Echo Chamber keep their mouth shut, don’t write anything stupid, and I can focus on the positives.
Today is not that day.
I lay the blame on something called 512 Pixels, which brings out that tired old trope that APPLE IS THE FUTURE! BUY THIS NEW APPLE PRODUCT NOW BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT THE FUTURE WILL BE!
It’s a haggard, used-up trope, nearly always wrong, and nearly always used to con you into buying something. I have no doubt the cheerleader blogs, those who make their money by encouraging you to BUY BUY BUY, will all link to this latest example.
“I look at this iPad Pro, being updated via my Mac, imagining the horses that were used to deliver materials to Henry Ford’s factory. Did they know that by doing the very job they were tasked with, that they were ultimately dooming themselves?”
OH MY GOD I MUST HAVE IT!
IT’S THE FUTURE!
IT’S LIKE HOW WHEN HORSES WERE REPLACED BY AUTOMOBILES!
Stop with this fucking nonsense.
Anyone who thinks a heavy tablet with a keyboard is THE FUTURE has a profound lack of understanding of technology.
It gets worse. The post ends with:
When the Macintosh was introduced in 1984, some saw it and embraced it as the future. Others clung to their punch cards and command prompts, scoffing at the new toy. I’m not sure which person I am today, but I do fear being on the wrong side of history.
For fuck sake. This is just sad. BUY A PRODUCT OR ELSE YOU WILL BE ON THE WRONG SIDE OF HISTORY!
Are Apple cheerleaders really so needy? Is the job to be done by Apple products nothing more than help close off the desperate fears over missing out? MISSING OUT ON THE FUTURE!
Ah well, fuck ’em. Losers.
Where we need to take action, however, all of us, is in calling out every single time whenever any blogger, cheerleader or “analyst” trots out this EVERY NEW APPLE PRODUCT YOU BUY NOW WILL BE THE FUTURE OF EVERYTHING! nonsense. As I said, a heavy tablet with a keyboard is so utterly removed from THE FUTURE! of computing that I’m thinking we should banish anyone lazy enough to suggest this. Let’s start with Matt Weinberger at Business Insider:
“Reviews of the iPad Pro may be lukewarm, but it’s still the future of computing“
YOU JUST DON’T GET IT! THIS IS THE FUTURE!
If you read Weinberger’s review — please don’t, it’s a waste of your time, this is what you pay me for — you’d know that he offers essentially ZERO REASONS FOR EVEN REMOTELY JUSTIFYING HIS IPAD PRO IS THE FUTURE! statement. But he does reveal that:
“Here at Business Insider, just as one example, we use a browser-based content-management system that doesn’t display correctly on mobile browsers. That means it’s unlikely that the iPad Pro, which I haven’t tried yet, can replace my laptop. I suspect many others will find the same limits in their workplace.”
Motherfuck. Hasn’t used it and it won’t matter if he does. There’s your tech journalism.
The larger problem, I think, is not just hack journalists parroting this line which Apple has fed them for years. It’s that there’s so much money incentivizing sites to encourage you to buy. BUY BUY BUY!
Here’s iMore, with an article telling you which stylus you should BUY NOW to go with your iPad Pro — which you should BUY NOW! — while you wait to order your Apple Pencil which you can’t BUY NOW!
iPad Pro has an optional Apple Pencil for sketching, writing, and more. But it’s not shipping for a while, so what can you use right now?
My God. Is this really our world?
Has the entire Internet become one giant advertisement? One more sponsored post? A consensual hallucination demanding we BUY BUY BUY SPEND SPEND SPEND!
Fuck, but I think all the Apple blogs making money by encouraging readers to spend spend spend buy buy buy are just so destructive to our spirit. Our lives are not supposed to be (only) about what we buy and when we buy and from whom. I want to destroy this entire blogger ecosystem. Help me.
I recently wrote something profound:
“Apple, whose core profit-taking strategy is to have everyone staring into high-priced, high-margin computerized screens every moment of every day, no matter where we are, no matter what we are dong, no matter who we are with, will soon be met with a glorious human backlash, one that values actual physical interaction rather than strictly pretty digital ones.”
I know. Thanks.
When I am wrong, it’s in that I think something will take longer to arrive than it actually does. Thus, a pronouncement from Pope Francis caught me off-guard, despite proving my rightness:
Setting aside technology in favor of talking together as a family is paramount, Francis told his general audience at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday.
Face-to-face communication fosters “togetherness” and connection.
Companies that make nearly all their money by selling high-priced computerized screens for us all to individually stare into all of the time are not necessarily our future. This is a good thing.
Continuing this theme of not-actually-the-future despite what all the bloggers insist, a Mercedes-Benz exec who bolted to Apple has now bolted to Volkswagen.
Volkswagen has hired Apple software guru and former Mercedes-Benz executive Johann Jungwirth to lead its new “digitization strategy department,” marking the latest twist in the global battle for talent as the auto industry pursues self-driving vehicles.
I’ll guess: Apple has more money than any other corporation and thus can pay more than anyone else, so it likely wasn’t about money. I assume he was not a great fit at Apple and — and this is important — Apple just isn’t that serious about cars. Right now, it’s little more than a fishing expedition for a rich company, and nothing more.
Speaking of rich, here are numerous charts explaining the many tangled and highly profitable linkages between Silicon Valley and the Democratic Party.
When unions and Silicon Valley conflict, Democrats have now come to side with the tech agenda on many major issues.
The problem with the piece, which has so many words and so many charts, is that it’s wrong. At least on the big stuff. Here’s the primary reason for the tight(ening) links between Silicon Valley (billionaires) and the Democratic Party:
Both groups fundamentally agree on how to “fix” the world.
In their mutually affirming worldview, the best solution — to anything — is the one designed by a few super-smart people leveraging a massively scalable platform. Be it government or Facebook, Google or the NSA, Uber or local rights of way. This solution is not coincidentally then well protected by regulations and money so as to keep change (and competition) at bay.
The problem, of course, is that this is ultimately profoundly limiting.
In politics, this route quickly leads to intolerance and potentially to fascism.
In technology, it leads to a stifling of innovation.
Top-down rarely works, at least not for the many.
Everything we know is wrong.
There’s a chance your clinical depression was caused by an infection.
Both infection and autoimmune activity result in inflammation, our body’s response to harmful stimuli, which in part involves a surge in immune system activity. And it’s thought by many in the psychiatric research community that inflammation is somehow involved in depression and perhaps other mental illnesses.
Here’s a video of billionaire Donald Trump saying China.