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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser


Steve Jobs

Walter Issaacson


Steve Jobs believed he was creating art. But in his view, creating art required controlling the user experience, and so he insisted Apple's devices be locked down -- special screws so the cases couldn't be opened, special software that couldn't be hacked, (and a fairly significant price tag).

The irony in this is that Jobs tried to position Apple as counter-culture -- as a force fighting the evils of corporate control, while ironically exerting more control over the user than those selling competing IBM compatible computers.

The closed system approach is the main reason I've never wanted Apple products. Being able to play with something, hack it, and learn about how it works is more important to me than whether the plastic case is pretty.