Despite being at the top of the tech game, Apple CEO Steve Jobs has proven once again that he’s still a member of the rapidly aging media Old Guard by belittling new media.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave a ringing defense of journalism, while explaining that he couldn’t let Gizmodo’s leak of the company’s new iPhone go, in a rare interview on Tuesday.
“I’d rather quit,” he said he told colleagues who advised him to let the Gizmodo leak slide.
“I don’t want to see us descend into a nation of bloggers myself,” he said. “We need editorial more than ever right now.”
“Descend” into a nation of bloggers? The absolute arrogance of this man is astounding.
So people’s increased access to, and transmission of, information, now represents the decline of western civilization?
In addition to lining the pockets of Mr.Jobs and his shareholders, the democratization of information and media has allowed the citizen journalist to hold the feet of the establishment media to the fire, forcing it to rework its business model and changing it irrevocably.
The editorial standards are changing, and there’s nothing Jobs or the dinosaurs in the media can do to change it. They’re losing control and even a tech pioneer like Jobs is looking more and more like a relic…at least in his thinking.
I liken Jobs’ statement to Johannes Gutenberg saying, “I hope we don’t become a world full of people who are independently printing books and newspapers. That would just kill standards.”
The irony of the fact that I’m typing this on a MacBook is not lost on me.
h/t Wax World