Steve’s Dark Side


Genius? yes.

Douche? That too.

From Gawker:

Apple’s factories in China have regularly employed young teenagers and people below the legal work age of 16, made people work grueling hours, and have tried to cover all this up. That’s according to Apple’s own 2010 report about its factories in China. In 2011, Apple reported that its child labor problem had worsened.

He has no public record of giving to charity over the years, despite the fact he became wealthy after Apple’s 1980 IPO and had accumulated an estimated $7 billion net worth by the time of his death. After closing Apple’s philanthropic programs on his return to Apple in 1997, he never reinstated them, despite the company’s gusher of profits.

He had his daughter Lisa at age 23 and, according to Fortune, spent two years denying paternity, even declaring in court papers “that he couldn’t be Lisa’s father because he was ‘sterile and infertile, and as a result thereof, did not have the physical capacity to procreate a child.'”

Inside Apple, there is a culture of fear and control around communication; Apple’s “Worldwide Loyalty Team” specializes in hunting down leakers, confiscating mobile phones and searching computers. Apple applies coercive tactics to the press, as well. Its first response to stories it doesn’t like is typically manipulation and badgering, for example, threatening to withhold access to events and executives.

In 2005, the company sued 19-year-old blogger Nick Ciarelli for correctly reporting, prior to launch, the existence of the Mac Mini. The company did not back down until Ciarelli agreed to close his blog ThinkSecret forever.

What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs (Gawker)

Previously: Steve Jobs’ Last Act Of Genius/ Them Apples/ Steve Jobs: The Movie/ Steve Jobs Has Died.

Pic via Faustian Urge
Thanks Ed


31 thoughts on “Steve’s Dark Side

  1. bozo

    this is good. Just because someone is dead doesn’t automatically confer saintliness.I’ve found the media all too gushing about him as a person. Show me the head of a major corp who hasn’t got dirty hands and I’ll show you my underpants, I don’t say this lightly.

  2. Cian2

    Hey broadsheet, quick question, if we may be so bold, what type of a computer are you posting from there?

  3. Sido

    Why would you want to tell the public about your philanthropic activities. Unless you were say A Builder, A Politician, A Film Star, Bono, etc.

      1. Sido

        Fair enough. I don’t like to brag about all the celebrity golf I play for charity – cause like I’m just a normal person.

  4. Wayne.F

    Nice to see a journalist with access to S.Jobs accounts. What next telling us David Norris has slept with men

  5. Niall

    The media were gushing about his achievements, because he just died. It’s called a tribute, often given in eulogy. Whereas what you’re engaging in is called sleaze.

    Your graphic and your timing is disgusting.

  6. dan

    poor show lads.

    is it not worse when rich people shout about their charity donations?

    and apple only recently reinstated a program of matching their employee donations to charity. and its apples choice to keep their products secret.

    and gawker is just pissed off cause they’ve been blocked out of the apple loop – not being invited to the most recent iphone announcement because of what they did in the run up to the release of the iphone 4. fair biased journalism. classy stuff waiting, what, 3days after he passed away

    1. The End

      I disagree. The truth should always be told. If the statements above are facts, then they are relevant to the completing the full picture. How long before it is OK to say non-positive things about a person?

  7. Joe

    Can all the Apple children please drop a pair and accept this guy was, dead or alive, a profit-driven man who cut corners wherever it would save him some dollars?

  8. Quint

    Wow, he’s not even in his cold grave yet and Gawker and broadsheet are already dishing the dirt. Jesus, at least give it a week or so, lads.

    So Jobs has a dark side?? No shit, we all do. It was well known he was exceptionally demanding and very tough to work for, he strove for perfection at all times, that is all. The alleged child labour in China was well-known and as for philantropy, why should he give his money away? There’s no law against it.


    1. Einshtein

      Don’t get me wrong, I agree that it is somewhat disrespectful that someone would try to undermine Steve’s achievements and berate his character so soon after his death. But if you’re going to be apathetic about the use of child labour, or if you don’t see anything unethical about having billions and not engaging in some form of philanthropy, then why would you care about what some minor article says about some guy, even if he only died recently? Strange double standards.

      1. Gary

        So you should broadcast your philanthropy maybe like Bono?
        Why not. – Proof that you are so much better than the little people who pay for your products?

        1. RadioBemba

          bono? what’s he got to do with anything? he gets his criticism too for relocating business to the netherlands thus avoiding having to pay irish tax.
          the fact is steve jobs didnt do a tap for charity. fairplay to him, he did indeed revolutionize the way we use computer technology and the resulting impact on the world has been huge. but dont get mad just cos people are pointing out the black and white facts. he did great things in some areas, and not very much in other areas where he could have a major impact.
          people are just pointing out the obvious.
          tiger woods is a great golfer but not a great husband.
          and as you pointed out, bono is a great musician and philanthropist, but people criticize him for his tax arrangements.
          steve jobs was a great businessman and inventor but certainly not the most charitable of people.

          jk rowling is also a billionaire who has also created something that is loved the world over. but she can still find the time to pay full taxes and do her bit for charity on the side. cant ignore the facts

  9. mr meh

    yeah lets not forget the nets that had to be installed around apple buildings to prevent more suicides of people working under shit conditions for low pay so douchebags in the west can afford some overrated piece of tech. And having so much cash that you can buy up every patent does notnmake you innovative, it makes youa monopoly.

  10. Ben

    Do I detect some of that famous “Irish Begrudgery” here?
    Guys – Gals – You will have to fix yourselves before you start sorting out the Worlds problems.

    1. Fat Frog

      Do I detect an American venturing advice that could equally apply to al US citizens. In the words of the great Alanis Morissette..isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

  11. penguinbloke

    Gawker = Gizmodo i.e. the guys who pissed of Jobs by buying the lost/stolen iPhone prototype and basically biting the hand that fed it.

    He had his faults, and in fairness the daughter thing was pretty much a dick move. He did however name a computer after her…ish, but he changed the world. Regardless of what he was like as a person that much has to be appreciated.

    In regards to the “apple factories”
    Foxconn makes consumer electronics for a number of well-known companies, including:
    Acer Inc. (Taiwan) (United States)
    Apple Inc. (United States)
    Asus (Taiwan)
    ASRock (Taiwan)
    Intel (United States)
    Cisco (United States)
    Hewlett-Packard (United States)
    Dell (United States)
    Nintendo (Japan)
    Nokia (Finland)
    Microsoft (United States)
    MSI (Taiwan)
    Motorola (United States)
    Sony Ericsson (Japan/Sweden)
    Vizio (United States)

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