While the rest of us were snuggled up in bed on Friday night, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was busy answering emails. It seems Mr. Jobs answered an email from a wisecracking Gawker Media employee named Ryan Tate. Before it was all over, and for our entertainment pleasure, there was a pretty heated back-and-forth between the […]
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Steve Jobs and The Tale of the Angry Email Exchange

While the rest of us were snuggled up in bed on Friday night, Apple CEO Steve Jobs was busy answering emails. It seems Mr. Jobs answered an email from a wisecracking Gawker Media employee named Ryan Tate. Before it was all over, and for our entertainment pleasure, there was a pretty heated back-and-forth between the two.

The email that started it all, from Tate, reads:

If Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with “revolution?” Revolutions are about freedom.

The exchange goes on for some time, much of which Jobs spends defending Apple’s positions:

Gosh, why are you so bitter over a technical issue such as this? Its not about freedom, its about Apple trying to do the right thing for its users. Users, developers and publishers can do whatever they like – they don’t have to buy or develop or publish on iPads if they don’t want to. This seems like its your issue, not theirs.

Jobs wraps things up with a snarky remark that has the potential to crush a man’s soul:

By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?

Right now, as they did with the iPhone story that started all of this, it seems Gawker is willing to get into a pissing match with Apple, and even on a personal level with Steve Jobs. This is all a ploy to sensationalize a story, and create more traffic for their site. Gawker is headed faster and faster toward “rag” status.

However, for their sake they better stop, not because it’s the “almighty” Steve Jobs, but rather, they are fighting a newly empowered Apple.

Lastly, I think this email exchange reveals more about Mr. Jobs and Apple than it does about the idiots at Gawker. Yes, it proves Gawker is a fly in the ointment, but it also shows that Jobs is the mastermind behind many of the decisions at Apple. Or at bare minimum very familiar with them.

You can read the full exchange here. (I really wouldn’t click on it. They just want the attention, but alas, I have to link to it for legal reasons.)

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