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A Perfect Example of How Steve Jobs’ Health Issues Are Exploited

Since we first launched MacBlogz there there hasn’t been a shortage of Steve Jobs health concern stories. The latest however, sheds a bright light on how the media and our culture is exploiting the information, digging deeper into Jobs’ private life and ignoring his specific requests.

jobsOn nothing more than a drunken source, the Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag reported that Apple CEO Steve Jobs was in the hospital undergoing a surgical procedure. “At a party in Silicon Valley last night, a Stanford staffer who had just come from the hospital told friends, including our source, about the “extra special care” being afforded their famous patient,” Valleywag explained. “The specific procedure Jobs was checked in for wasn’t relayed by the chatty Stanford employee.”

Luckily, this time every site in the galaxy didn’t pick up the shaky story, and it only made minor rounds before being debunked.

A while after the Valleywag story was published, two corroborating stories from Silicon Alley Insider and TechCrunch both explained that Steve Jobs was in fact not undergoing surgery. “Our own source, who is significantly more believable than some person at some party, says Jobs is in the office today in meetings and most definitely not undergoing surgery,” TechCrunch explained. In response to the original story, SAI claimed, “A Valley source tells us this is wrong. “He was in Apple meetings today, as a matter of fact. Valleywag is 100 percent wrong.”

How or why would Valleywag publish such a story? And why would other reputable sites pick up the story? We can’t assume it’s being done with ill intentions, or with any particular reason to harm the stock price. But a certain level of responsibility is assumed once a level of public visibility is reached. It is known that a simple call to any hospital won’t fetch any confidential information, and if the person being cared for is Steve Jobs, expect an extra level of secrecy at the very least.

Over the past few weeks, reports regarding Jobs’ health have grown heated. After pulling out the Macworld Expo, then two letters directly from Apple (here and here), the media still wasn’t done. Most recently, Wired’s “Image Viewer” website was subject to some bogus Steve Jobs heart attack rumors. And that’s not the first time either. Back in early October 2008, the SEC launched an investigation into a false Steve Jobs heart attack rumor that made the stock take a nasty dive.

Who or what benefited from any of these reports? Was anything learned? Nothing aside from curiosity and pure paparazzi like writing (on both sides), was exchanged. In regards to the most recent stories, one side claims a source explaining that Jobs is undergoing surgery, while the other claims he’s in the office. How this holds relevance to anything pertaining to Apple as a company is still up in the air.

There’s no denying that it seems like Apple isn’t being entirely forth coming with the information regarding Jobs’ health. But at a certain point, prying into the man’s private life and reporting about a rumored surgery becomes a tad questionable. Demanding a public appearance is equally unnecessary, and as Jobs has personally asked the media to do, he should be left alone and given room to focus on recovering. When the time is right, Apple will share the information. Until then, if you’re a shareholder or an investor, nobody is holding a gun to your head forcing you to keep the stock. If you see Apple’s core business models and believe that the company is a worthy competitor in the marketplace, then your decisions should be easy. If you pray that Jobs will be around forever to unveil products at events, hoping that another blockbuster device will boost the price back up to $200, don’t hold your breath.

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3 Comments to “A Perfect Example of How Steve Jobs’ Health Issues Are Exploited”

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While the world mourns the loss of a great tianheccl visionary, speakers the world over are also mourning the loss of an incredible oratory talent. Steve Jobs wasn’t just an iGenius. He also knew how to hold a crowd.On stage, Jobs was casual without being unfocussed. He was real without being unprofessional. He was warm without deviating from the point. Jobs was a master at connecting with the minds and imaginations of his audiences.One of his best known presentations was the Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’ address at Stanford University in 2005. If you’ve never seen it, take fourteen-and-a-half minutes out of your day to watch it. The link appears below.In this presentation, Jobs uses a number of his signature techniques to engage and persuade his audience. Consider his opening: