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The Barnum-Like Apple Hype

Celebrate Homogeneity Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:02 AM
(cont'd) Combine this with their refusal to offer hard-media software, which cuts off those who may need to reload a machine due to hardware failure. What I take away from this is that you no longer control the products you buy from them. This may be fine for some, but as for me, I will buy something else next time.
Celebrate Homogeneity Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:43 AM
Now, imagine having an operating system tethered to Facebook whether you have an account or not. (hand-wave) bye-bye, Apple! (I find myself wondering what Facebook paid Apple to stick Facebook into Mountain Lion.)
Wumingren Wrote: Sep 25, 2012 7:34 AM
I hate Facebook with a passion. I opened an account some time ago and decided to close it. It told me it would "save my profile for 2 weeks, just in case I changed my mind about closing my account." It is 2 years later, and whenever I try to comment on a blog that requires FB, it tries to have me reopen my account. In other words, it has saved my profile forever. Worse yet, too many blogs and companies have abandoned simple email and gone to the FB interface, forcing either self exile or capitulation of the masses to join FB. I am not happy about this!

I’m not an Appleite, Appletonian, Applethusiast, or whatever else the Apple lovers call themselves. 

However, the other night I savored the same thrill of those who wait in line for hours for the newest Apple product. 

In fact, it’s the same thrill that people experienced while waiting in line to see the bearded lady, or the two-headed boy, or the even the boxing kangaroo that was often exhibited by P.T. Barnum. 

Without question, Barnum knew that curiosity and lemming behavior went hand-in-hand. 

If the “barker” was saying...

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