Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

The Man in the Machine

DVD - 2016
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A critical examination of Steve Jobs, revered both as an iconoclastic genius and denounced as a barbed-tongued tyrant. Interviews with a handful of those closest to him unravel the larger than life myth he deliberately crafted, and examine the endurance of his values which continue to shape the culture of Silicon Valley to this day.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Magnolia Home Entertainment,, [2016]
Branch Call Number: DVD 338.761004 J629S
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (128 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Jan 28, 2019

Maybe we should borrow from Chris Hedges and call this excellent doc "Empire of Illusion" - I never bought into Jobs the Martyr - the media is such junk. I like Richard Stallman's comments about shiny jails...will we ever learn?

Dec 28, 2017

Much better than I was expecting. Some pretty remarkable revelations, including that Jobs and many of his cohorts were likely guilty of massive tax fraud, and the U.S. government chose to turn a blind eye, apparently because they were afraid of what it would do the economy if all the top Apple execs went to prison.

The other major revelation was how dangerously manipulative Steve Jobs was, working talented people half to death, and then taking the lion's share of the stardom that came from their achievements.

I must also note that there was a significant omission: Apple Inc. was close to bankruptcy at one point, and was saved only by a major infusion of cash from Microsoft's Bill Gates, who was on the cusp of removing Apple from the landscape. My understanding is that Gates did this because he had finally run afoul of anti-competition laws in the U.S. and Europe, and his gesture helped him stay out of jail, and Microsoft from being broken up. Not a word on any of this.

Gary Geiserman
Sep 25, 2017

Alex Gibney thinks he’s on the trail of a criminal like in his Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer documentary! Sheesh! The ‘debate’ between pcs and mac computers has been going on for decades… If you don’t know what jazz is I can’t explain it to you. To indict Steve for being a bad person sorta kinda misses the POINT, do you think? <<<<< It’s not even about Steve or Apple or products—can you possibly get how the vision changed so many industries? Even more pertinent is HOW he changed so much of the world-view. (Changing the music industry alone was magical!) Pretty much all of the rest of IT was business-as-usual and wouldn’t have changed things nearly as much or as beautifully. >>>>> it takes like minded people to get it and Alex Gibney is just pedestrian, however excellent a documentarian he is. (Jobs was just about to change tv, but, alas…) >>>>> lots of nice video etc, and good to know Steve ate eel in Japan, but completely misses the point.

Jan 10, 2017

All is not squeaky clean in the land of iPods and iPhones this documenatary shows that Steve Jobs was a jerk and the shady back room deals to Minipulate stocks. The manipulation of the tech job industry by the major silicone valley tech companies and brutality and pollution in the Apple factories in China. So just goes to show that the most beloved companies can do evil things in the background. A must watch for people that love documentaries about companies.

Aug 31, 2016

Engrossing documentary about one of the most successful and beloved companies and its leader. Shows warts and all (and some of the warts are really ugly) about the man and his creation and there is interesting commentary about why we love our Apple products so much (and whether that's a good think or not). Thought-provoking to say the least.

Jun 08, 2016

A good documentary that fairly presented multiple truth and aspects. In terms of production, this is a good documentary by a great director.

Apr 15, 2016

Documentary from 2015 by acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney.
Gibney portrays Jobs as a complicated guy, not too honest and someone who will resort to bullying tactics to achieve his goals.
There is a lot in this doc. that is touched on and not explored: the exploitive conditions of workers in China, the special police force set up in Silicone Valley that has the big tech companies as 'advisors', his complicated relationship with his daughter who he denied was his for a long time & more. For example he uses the special police force to terrorize a reporter who received a prototype Apple phone left in a bar after an agreement was reached to return it. It would have been interesting to find out more but that is all we are given.
Also Apple is not a good corporate citizen as it hides money and Jobs benefitted substantially from lower cost stock options.
Jobs definitely was not a hero and as one person in this doc. puts it-'his products were beloved but not him'.
Added trailer-a good preview.


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