Assange, Apple, Samsung

Julian Assange and his Wikileaks – what can you say? Well, I’ve recently realised what I can say is… he is a genuine example of that very rare beast, the perfect anarchist. I don’t do a lot of thinking about anarchism since I’ve usually doubted it’s possible even to approach it. I can’t say I’m too familiar with supposed anarchists (maybe some of those European terrorists of the ‘70’s were, or claimed to be). But, Julian Assange seems to be the real deal. He does so hate anything official, doesn’t he. Unfortunately, as I surmised, as an anarchist, he’s had difficulty with following agreements in his own organisation, and even the Guardian journalists. I can’t help smiling when I see him though.

I wonder if he was the kind of user Apple had in mind when they coined this advertising copy:

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.

Borrowed from The Guardian… WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Frontline Club earlier this year [2010]. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

“About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

“Maybe they have to be crazy. How else can you stare at an empty canvas and see a work of art? Or sit in silence and hear a song that’s never been written? Or gaze at a red planet and see a laboratory on wheels?

“We make tools for these kinds of people.

“While some see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Jobs + Assange = Interesting Times

On that Apple vs Samsung thing…

The two statements they produced after the judgement…

Apple:
“The lawsuits between Apple and Samsung were about much more than patents or money. They were about values. At Apple, we value originality and innovation and pour our lives into making the best products on earth. We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy.”

Samsung:
“It is unfortunate that patent law can be manipulated to give one company a monopoly over rectangles with rounded corners, or technology that is being improved every day by Samsung and other companies. Consumers have the right to choices, and they know what they are buying when they purchase Samsung products.”

…each contained exactly 51 words. Now what’s the odds on a coincidence like that? 😉

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