Take That, Steve Jobs!

It’s tough to say what’s the best line from today’s NY Times Op/Ed piece by Timothy Egan, “Book Lust.” In it, Egan challenges Steve Jobs’s recent comment that people don’t read any more.

I vote for this one as the most inspiring line:

Reading is… an engagement of the imagination with life experience. It’s fad-resistant, precisely because human beings are hard-wired for story, and intrinsically curious. Reading is not about product.

But the “Oh, snap!” moment is this one:

The latest Harry Potter book sold 9 million copies in its first 24 hours – in English. “The DaVinci Code,” a story of ideas even with its wooden characters and absurd plotting, has sold more than 60 million copies.

By contrast, Apple reported selling a piddling 3.7 million of the much-hyped iPhones through 2007. Is the iPhone dead? Of course not. But what should be dead are foolish statements about how human nature itself has changed because of some new diversion for our thumbs.

One Response to “Take That, Steve Jobs!”

  1. Robin Says:

    Excellent rebuttal from a solid source. I couldn’t agree more that Jobs’ statements were a bit grandiose and ill-timed. Sounded more like sour grapes because he didn’t think of it first.