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👹 Steve Jobs was an Asshole
« on: August 26, 2018, 03:46:32 PM »
He sounds even worse than Bill Gates.


The memoir by Steve Jobs' daughter makes clear he was a truly rotten person whose bad behavior was repeatedly enabled by those around him
Troy Wolverton

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Steve JobsIt's long been known that Apple cofounder Steve Jobs treated people cruelly, but his daughter's new autobiography offers new details.YouTube/AllThingsD

    It's been well-established that Apple cofounder Steve Jobs often acted like a jerk.
    But in a new memoir, Jobs' eldest daughter recounts the many ways he was cruel to her.
    The newly revealed anecdotes add color to the many stories of how Jobs was mean or rude to employees and business partners.
    The net effect is that Jobs looks like a truly terrible person.
    His rotten behavior was enabled by his wife, his colleagues, and his business partners.
    It's hard to say whether his business achievements outweigh his cruelty, but they certainly got more attention during his lifetime and helped enable his bad behavior.

It's no surprise that Steve Jobs was a jerk.

There have been plenty of accounts over the years that have detailed his cruelty, rudeness, and miserliness to workers, business partners, and even family and friends.

Still, the stories that have come out so far from "Small Fry," the new autobiography from his daughter Lisa Brennan-Jobs are shocking. Jobs comes across not just as someone who could be self-centered and mean, but someone who was a truly terrible human being.

We've known for years now that Jobs initially denied being Brennan-Jobs' father and didn't start paying child support until after a DNA test proved he was and he was ordered to start paying by a court. We've also known that he denied for years that Apple's Lisa computer, which debuted right before the Macintosh, was named for his daughter before finally admitting it to her and the world.

But Brennan-Jobs' book adds fresh details on how awful he was to her. He rarely saw her when she was a young child, even after admitting his paternity. While he was avoiding her and avoiding paying child support despite already having founded and making money at Apple she and her mother lived in poverty, subsisting on welfare payments, her mother's low-paying jobs, and the charity of others. When he was finally forced to pay child support, he made sure that the case against him was closed days before Apple went public and he became a multimillionaire.

Even after Jobs started paying more attention to Brennan-Jobs, her mother, Chrisann Brennan, apparently felt uncomfortable leaving him with her alone after an incident in which he questioned and teased the then-nine-year-old Brennan-Jobs about her sexual attractions and proclivities.
"We're cold people"

Then, when Brennan-Jobs went to live with him as a teenager, he forbade her from seeing Brennan for six months, even though her mother had been the only constant figure in her life up to then. After moving in with them, Brennan-Jobs told him and her stepmother, Laurene Powell-Jobs, that she felt lonely and asked that they tell her goodnight in the evenings. Instead of acknowledging her feelings and acceding to such a simple request, Powell-Jobs responded, "We're cold people."
Laurene Powell Jobs"Small Fry" indicates that Laurene Powell-Jobs enabled Steve Jobs' cruelty to his daughter. Steve Jennings / Stringer / Getty Images
But there's more. Once, as Jobs groped his wife and pretended to be having sex with her, he demanded that Brennan-Jobs stay in the room, calling it a "family moment." He repeatedly withheld money from her, told her that she would get "nothing" from his wealth and even refused to install heat in her bedroom.

When she started to become active in her high school, getting involved in clubs and running for student government, Jobs the one, again, who previously refused to acknowledge his paternity and spent almost no time with her when she was little got on Brennan-Jobs for not spending more time with the family, telling her, "This isn't working out. You're not succeeding as a member of this family."

At one point, neighbors of the family were so worried about Brennan-Jobs that they helped her move into their house. They also helped her pay for college.

It's bad to treat employees and significant others poorly. But it's really evil to inflict such pain on a child. We knew Jobs was a bully toward many people. Now we know he was one to his own daughter.
Brennan-Jobs comes across as a survivor of abuse

These are only excerpts from the book, which goes on sale September 4, so we don't have the full picture. And of course, they're the recollections of one person, with all the emotional baggage and bias that entails. Powell-Jobs and Jobs' sister have said in a statement that the book "differs dramatically from our memories of those times."

But in her book, Brennan-Jobs brings up these incidents not to condemn Jobs, but to make peace with them and him. She aims to forgive him and move on.

That's her choice and her right. But, as others have pointed out, what she endured was something many people would now consider child abuse the intentional infliction of emotional cruelty. And in trying to find a way to forgive and understand him, she is reacting similar to other child abuse survivors.
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