What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs

#Opinion

Thu, Oct 13th, 2011 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

When Steve Jobs was still alive, Toronto Star Business Columinist David Olive called him both a genius and a jerk.

Jobs is one of the most accomplished marketers, industrial designers, and corporate turnaround masters of the past quarter-century. He's also a jerk.

David's opinion is not alone. Ryan Tate of Gawker points out that while Jobs was hailed a genius, he could be terrible to people, and his impact on the world was not uniformly positive.

One thing he wasn't, though, was perfect. Indeed there were things Jobs did while at Apple that were deeply disturbing. Rude, dismissive, hostile, spiteful: Apple employees -- the ones not bound by confidentiality agreements -- have had a different story to tell over the years about Jobs and the bullying, manipulation and fear that followed him around Apple. Jobs contributed to global problems, too. Apple's success has been built literally on the backs of Chinese workers, many of them children and all of them enduring long shifts and the specter of brutal penalties for mistakes. And, for all his talk of enabling individual expression, Jobs imposed paranoid rules that centralized control of who could say what on his devices and in his company.

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