If corporations are people, then we should not be surprised when our favorite companies exhibit human behavioral traits including greed, vanity, and selfishness.
The companies I follow the most are Apple, Google, and Microsoft, and I use products from each, though more from the former than the latter. While trying to make some sense out of their behavior I’ll leave Samsung out because they’re just so easy. Samsung is a criminal company with visions of grandeur melded with a narcissistic, sociopathic personality. They don’t mind selling ammunition to everyone, and seem happiest when they compete against a customer.
Just the other day, Larry Page, one of Google’s founders, said, ‘Being negative is not how we make progress.‘ Even I know that’s pretty much a bullturdism of the highest order. Google has been highly critical of former friend Apple in recent years, and just recently sent a cease and desist order to Microsoft because Microsoft’s YouTube video wouldn’t play Google’s advertising.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. It’s Google against the world, Larry. But only because Google wants to dominate the world of tech, destroy competition wherever possible, while munching off technology created by other companies.
Microsoft is a slightly different animal and I give them credit for designing the Surface tablet-cum-notebook with no compromises. However, I guess something happened between design and manufacture, and the Surface ended up being full of compromises and doesn’t seem to make anyone happy.
What about my favorite technology company with colorless fruity logo? Apple is all about the user experience, right? Indeed, hundreds of millions of customers truly love their iPhones and iPads which are arguably easier to use than anything made by competing companies.
So, why doesn’t Apple put some of that famed user experience into the iTunes App Store or the Mac App Store? The user experience there just plain sucks. Try sorting a category of apps by downloads or rating popularity? No. Can. Do. Making it easier for customers to find apps that are liked by other customers would mean that new apps wouldn’t get seen or tried or rated by hardly anyone. In the case of the app stores, Apple’s user experience is less than optimal, and favors developers, not customers.
See? Those are all selfish, human-like traits. Why? Because, well, you know. Corporations are people, my friend.