Last week, two major speeches caught our attention.
Barack Obama wagged his finger at the Supreme Court and orated in front of Congress. He said the state of the union is sound.
Which speech will usher in real change?
Both have their critics. Many people no longer trust Obama, whether he’s pushing more government or a freeze. And many folks second-guess Apple’s newest project, despite Jobs’s spectacular success record.
For my part, I don’t buy Obama’s agenda. But I probably won’t buy an iPad, either. I tend to regard even the best new tech breakthroughs as just more vacuum cleaners. They really do suck . . . one’s time, anyway.
But to succeed, Apple doesn’t need my excitement. Just enough from others.
Early in each of Apple’s revolutions, it was hard to prophesy success, with certainty.
The neat thing about a possible neo-Gutenberg Age of tablets, e-books and virtual libraries is that I will still be able to read a normal book. One the other hand, if Obama gets his way, his policies will, willy nilly, crowd out better ones.
Still, it’s heartening to realize that to most of us the eloquence of a revolutionary thing means more, now, than the eloquence of any politician.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.