Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Week That Everyone Should Read
I look at this column as healthy - and a good idea from Think Progress. If you are an immutable, obdurate partisan then look at it as an exercise in knowing your enemy. If you are left centrist or a farther left empiricist, then look at it as an attempt to view the right’s philosophy as something other than one of the chiaroscuro caricatures that both sides try to create of each other.
1. “Steve Jobs: The Spoiled Child as Tech Guru” — Bruce Frohnen, The Imaginative Conservative
Over at the Imaginative Conservative, Bruce Frohnen has been working on a multi-part series critiquing the influence of Steve Jobs on modern culture. His first entry, drawing largely from Walter Isaacson’s biography, is a pretty brutal takedown of what Isaacson sees as the vacuous and asinine values Jobs was inculcated with by his post-baby-boom liberal upbringing in the San Francisco Bay suburbs. This week, Frohnen expanded that critique into the ways Jobs shaped American attitudes towards technology.
Keying off some of Jobs’ own anti-scientific quirks, Frohnen argues that the “rebellious” brand Apple sold itself with, and the underlying assumption that reality and human experience can in some sense be remade through engagement with information technology, are mainly conceptual indulgences of the elite that allow them to maintain a self-satisfied aloofness:
The real problem with today’s technology is not that it poses any intrinsic threat to a humane culture. The problem is that so many in the tech world follow Jobs in believing that they are “Important.” Jobs did not see himself as merely making “good products,” though he sometimes talked in those terms. He saw himself as redesigning the world. And such smugness pervades the tech industry, and even tech consumers, such that our latest toys have a kind of self-created importance that blinds us to their very limited importance beyond rather utilitarian purposes.