I learned recently of a late 19th century Russian sect, the Skoptsy.
The Skoptsy were a radical sect within the larger Spiritual Christianity movement in Tsarist Russia, best known for practicing castration of men and the mastectomy of women in accordance with their teachings against sexual lust.
Let’s now consider Apple bloggers.
No, wait. First, more on the Skoptsy, as I find this notion of genital mutilation so abhorrent and shocking and unnecessary, yet am mildly fascinated by a human’s commitment to their ideals so dearly that they would literally emasculate their body.
The Skoptsy referred to themselves as the “White Doves.” Their aim was the perfection of the individual, by eradicating Original Sin, which they believed had come into the world by the first coitus between Adam and Eve. They believed that human genitals were the true mark of Cain, and that the true message of Jesus Christ included the practice of castration, that Jesus himself had been a castrate, and that his example had been followed by the apostles and the early Christian saints.
The Skoptsy, we are told, totaled 100,000 members at its peak, a shockingly high number, but Soviet oppression and reality ultimately brought an end to the movement. Apple’s newest iPhone includes an OLED screen, a charging plate, and no home button. Just like Samsung’s device, from 2015.
“Stop stealing and pay the money (Samsung.)”
“Apple at its Best”
This is what passes as thoughtful analysis.
I thought we’d be farther along than this, honestly.
Of course, when analyzing the largest conglomerate in the world you must also consider more than just product. For example, as a progressive American who believes we should take care of everyone and everything forever and ever — and know this, I am happy to pay my fair share, please, tax me more, I have enough, I want to make sure others can get a leg up and climb the ladder, that’s what an inclusive, tolerant, equal America is all about.
“I’d argue that it’s the responsibility of the people employed by public corporations to use every single legal option available to reduce their companies’ tax burdens.”
Of course he would.
“The problem isn’t Apple’s tax structure, it’s U.S. law.”
These statements are exactly — literally, exactly — what I would expect the PR representative of (any) large global conglomerate to say. Basically, LOWER THE TAXES AND THEN WE’LL PAY THEM!
It doesn’t have to be this way.
I can use an iPhone and note just how much Apple’s newest device borrows from Samsung, or others.
I can be proud that Americans in America built Apple Inc — while simultaneously decrying that the company now does everything it can to skirt our tax laws.
I understand the benefits to many, including myself, of an interlocked global economy, but am rightly concerned that Apple’s outsourcing of iPhone manufacturing to China directly limits the opportunities for many here in its home country. Oh, and I can be doubly concerned about what China might be doing with Apple’s tech given that its government has literally outlawed anonymity on the web and does not allow for do-not-track.
And every single Apple blogger and every single Apple fan and every single Apple user should have the courage to state these.
I understand. You want something to believe in. You want a tangible representation of what you hope will be the future — and you want others to know that you are on the right side of history. Fair enough. But we need to demand more completeness, more honesty, more facts from those who speak for and about Apple. We are vigorous, complicated, grown human beings, not self-infantilized adults insisting anime is captivating when really it’s just a sad, small escape from the tumble and rough of the world. iPhone delights you? Really? Okay, fine. But also call out Apple’s contorted privacy stance. Believe no other company makes products as magical as Apple? Sure. Now deride the company for depleting its focus on irrelevant content deals and Hollywood star fucking. Think having the very latest iPhone, along with the Apple Watch and those earbuds reveals you as a person of matter and means? Well, I can’t help you with that but you can still — believe me on this — find it in yourself to call out Apple for spending billions inside an anti-democratic country.
If you believe Apple is the best there is think of how much better it could be if you were honest with them.
And if you make your money by promoting Apple, I completely understand any hesitancy you may have in criticizing the company. But care about your readers! Consider your values! Maybe broach these subjects by simply linking to an alternative view: a report on China’s web practices, say, or an analysis of the plight of the working class in America. Couch your barest of suggestions for doing better in terms of a slavish concern for everyone, nobody can fault you for that.
You wish Apple pays more taxes because…
You want manufacturing moved out of China because…
You’re smart enough to figure this out. And you’re not bad people. Right?