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Down underneath the snark and the in-jokes and the whole idea of a well-established journalist writing a blog in the persona of Steve Jobs, there’s a terrifying amount of truth in this particular post about American business, American empire, and America’s future.
And now here we are. Right here in your own backyard, an American company creates a brilliant phone, and that company hands it to you, and gives you an exclusive deal to carry it—and all you guys can do is complain about how much people want to use it. You, Randall Stephenson, and your lazy stupid company—you are the problem. You are what’s wrong with this country.Honest to God, blog cliché or not, read the whole thing.
I stopped, then. There was nothing on the line. Silence. I said, Randall? He goes, Yeah, I’m here. I said, Does any of that make sense? He says, Yeah, but we’re still not going to do it. See, when you run the numbers what you find is that we’re actually better off running a shitty network than making the investment to build a good one. It’s just numbers, Steve. You can’t charge enough to get a return on the investment.
Now there was silence again. This time I was the one not talking.