Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Apr 2010 16:59 UTC
Editorial Holier-than-thou, an adjective, meaning "marked by an air of superior piety or morality". Everybody has moments in their life where they get into a "holier-than-thou" attitude, and I think Steve Jobs' open letter regarding Adobe, and Flash in particular, really fits the bill. There are three specific points I want to address to illustrate just how holier-than-thou, hypocritical, and misleading this letter really is.
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RE: Good Points/But Flash Is Crap
by aahjnnot on Thu 29th Apr 2010 18:20 UTC in reply to "Good Points/But Flash Is Crap"
aahjnnot
Member since:
2008-07-24

Flash may be crap. But I want the freedom to choose crap.

Few things are new. In his classic 1934 novel Brave New World, Aldous Huxley explored the issue that divides Jobs and Thom - how much is freedom worth? Mustapha in this extract sounds exactly like Steve Jobs. Thom sounds like the Savage. And I'm with Thom: there's more to life than anodyne, predictable, reliable comfort. I want to choose for myself.

“But I don’t want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodness. I want sin.”

“In fact,” said Mustapha Mond, “you’re claiming the right to be unhappy.”

“All right then,” said the Savage defiantly, “I’m claiming the nght to be unhappy.”

“Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.”

There was a long silence.

“I claim them all,” said the Savage at last.

In Steve's world of control freakery, anything he determines is bad is banned. The rest of us must don our black polo necks and behave like the clones he wants us to become.

No thank you.

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parrotjoe Member since:
2005-07-06

All good points regarding Apple and their ways. But, in that narrow sense, crap is crap is crap. And Flash is crap in so many ways. Because Adobe makes something that's crap and it becomes a standard and they won't do anything to really address it, force it out.

By the same token, force iTunes out. As someone suggested, make Apple break it up into smaller apps. We should all force these companies to make good stuff.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

The problem is that the crap you want may affect others who don't want crap. So, that type of freedom doesn't apply.


Oh, good. That means we can finally get rid of religion in the USA since I believe it's crap and yet I'm subjected to it just by walking around or listening to the radio. Their freedom, after all, doesn't apply because it inconveniences me.
Seriously, do you even understand the magnitude of the stupidity of what you just said?

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patrix Member since:
2006-05-21

You have the right to chose another phone, too. It's a product, with a certain architecture/echosystem, which you are free to use or not. There is no moral to it, no good vs evil.

Patrix

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