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Apple Watch: Time wasted

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By ABRAHIM ORABI
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
abrahim.orabi@chp.edu

Did Tim Cook always dress like that?

Something tells me that a little piece of the real Tim Cook dies each time he puts on a matte grey shirt and dark jeans. The same goes for Phil Schiller and Craig Federighi.

You may not know them by name, but you can always recognize the uniform. They represent the inherent dichotomy and mystical power of the Apple brand—a company conceived in the counterculture of the 1970s with the mantra “Think different.”

Unfortunately, like all good things of the 1970s, this vision has died a cruel and unusual death. Slowly, “Think different” has transformed into “Think disconnected.”

With Apple, we have witnessed the creation of a human drone factory marketed with ideals of individuality. And if you can understand the previous sentence, let it be known, you ARE the resistance.

Now, let’s talk about hypocrisy. I write this using iWork’s Pages on a MacBook Pro, which I gladly purchased for an ungodly sum of money. I have an iPad, an iPhone, an iPod, and a MacBook Air all within an arm’s reach of me at this very moment.

Yet I insist—I am not a hypocrite. I am aware and I am conscious. I refuse to partake in drone-like behavior, but I will never stop using Apple products. I believe they are the best of technology.

I also believe they are the worst. I know this because I have lain in bed at all hours of the day with my wife beside me. Instead of reaching for her, I reach for my iDevice. I know this because I have answered my iPhone while reading a book…the kind made of paper. I have wasted countless hours searching YouTube and Facebook. I have sold my soul to the AppStore and my body to Apple Health.

And while I realize that Apple is not alone, there was never really a choice. How many HP laptops have you seen in Starbucks? When was the last time you visited the Microsoft Store? When was the last time you even saw a Microsoft Store? Does your mother know what Android is? Does your grandfather know what an iPad is? To say that we have a choice is like saying that McDonald’s and Saladworks are on a level playing field. Trust me, Saladworks does exist.

So what’s wrong with feeding at the trough of Silicon Valley? The problem is that we no longer know when we’re hungry. We’re hungry when Papa Alto says we’re hungry and we’re craving whatever mystery meat he wants to serve us.

An Apple Watch is about as useful as a watch made of real apples. We simply don’t need it. But somehow, in the coming weeks, millions of people will be convinced that the need is real…and extremely urgent.

In the meantime, I’d urge you to “Think different.” Read a book…the kind made of paper.

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