Christ, What an Asshole

Lots of other people have already covered Steve Jobs’s resignation from Apple in tasteful, circumspect ways.

Really, go read them.

My contribution? Well….

There was a joke going around for a while about how every New Yorker cartoon was funnier if its caption was replaced with “Christ, What an Asshole.”

We all know it: Steve Jobs is a jerk.

I mean that in a lot of ways, but the most important is: he has strong opinions and he doesn’t care what you think.

He doesn’t care what I think. He doesn’t care about stepping on toes. He doesn’t care about making friends. With him at the helm, Apple has ruthlessly exploited its partners, its third-party developers, the media, and anyone else it has leverage over. The only reason it hasn’t attacked its rivals more is because it doesn’t care what they think, either. You either live with it or you don’t.

As an Apple employee, I was delighted to have this awesome weapon pointed outward. It was less pleasant to realize I was surrounded by it. From what I saw, Apple has spent years busily discovering, hiring, and fast-tracking the most razor-sharp, take-no-prisoners assholes it could find throughout its ranks. John Gruber phrases it as, “The company is a fractal design.” I would say: it’s assholes all the way down.

That’s why I’m not worried about my former employer.