Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Apple (Computers) and Temptation

Justin Taylor at Between Two Worlds posts the following interesting excerpt from a post by Pete at Grace City about Steve Jobs of Apple. Jobs thinks porn is evil and wants his company to have nothing to do with promoting it.

Jobs has argued that he wants his portable computer devices to not sell or stock pornography.

When a critic emailed him to say that this infringed his freedoms, Jobs emailed back and told him to buy a different type of computer.

Steve Jobs is a fan of Bob Dylan. So one customer emailed him to ask how Dylan would feel about Jobs’ restrictions of customers’ freedoms.

The CEO of Apple replied to say that he values:

‘Freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin’ and some traditional PC folks feel their world is slipping away. It is.’

The interlocuter replied:

“I don’t want ‘freedom from porn’. Porn is just fine! And I think my wife would agree.”

In the most revealing line, Steve Jobs dismissed the critic thus:

“You might care more about porn when you have kids.”

Pause for a moment and consider what the above emails represent.

The CEO of one of the wealthiest, most successful international companies, responds to the email of a customer. Business prospers on the mantra ‘The customer is always right.’ Business wants the customers’ money.

But in this case, over the moral issue of pornography, Jobs is happy to tell customers to buy a different product. He argues that children and innocence ought to be preserved—and that trumps the dollar.

Google (with their motto ‘Don’t be evil’) rake in billions through pornography. Ranks of employees spend their time categorising and arranging advertising for pornography. (I know, I spent some time discussing the difficulties posed to a Christian who worked in their UK HQ.) Pornography is huge business, yet here is the CEO of Apple telling the pornography businesses to take their dollars elsewhere.


Good for Steve Jobs. More people need to take a stand against filth and exploitation and degradation of persons made in the image of God and reduced to commodities by owners of corporations who have sold their souls for money.

Zoe Romanowsky has some good thoughts on this subject here. Josh Harris has an open letter to Steve Jobs here.

My thoughts? This is the first time I've felt a desire to buy an Apple. Congratulations to Steve Jobs!


Naomi said...

AWESOME! I think Steve Jobs just opened up for himself a whole new market of consumers who are firm on moral issues. From now on I will do everything I can to buy Apple.

penny farthing said...

I am already an apple fan, but now I'll save my pennies and buy more stuff!