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The Media Frenzy Surrounding Steve Jobs' Health

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Over the last year (give or take a month or so), Steve Jobs’ health has been a heavily debated topic. There are those of the opinion that Steve Jobs’ health should be fully disclosed to shareholders, given the fact that he is such a huge part of day to day operations at Apple. Then there are the people who feel Steve’s health is no one’s business but his own. As long as he sees that his duties as CEO are taken care of, he’s off the hook and has to answer to no one when it comes to his health.

Now that Jobs is on medical leave from Apple, there are some pretty harsh words being thrown around. An example is those of Joe Nocera from the New York Times: “There are certain people who simply don’t have the same privacy rights as others, whether they like it or not,” Nocera writes. “Presidents. Celebrities. Sports figures. And, at least in terms of his health, Steve Jobs,” he continues. Nocera argues that Jobs’ health is a material fact for Apple shareholders and labels his vagueness on the topic of his health (“his vagueness about his health, his dissembling, his constantly changing story line”)  as infuriating.

Bloomberg last week wrote a piece suggesting Steve Jobs may need a liver transplant because of the nature of the treatment he underwent for his pancreatic cancer in 2004. The media outlet contacted the Apple Chief for comment and when asked about it over the phone, Steve said, “Why don’t you guys leave me alone - why is this important?”

We’d like to take this time to firmly establish our position on the issue. Over the months we’ve been keeping an eye on Steve and, like a lot of you, we’ve watched him deteriorate with each public appearance. Many blogs speculated as to whether or not Steve Jobs was healthy and we joined in. We did wonder why he had lost weight and we pondered the possibility that the Apple CEO might be ill. But now that Jobs has answered questions of is-he/isn't-he healthy, we do not support the idea that his health should be common knowledge or released to the public until he is ready again to share.

From here on out, this is the last we’ll say on the matter, at least until there is official word from Apple or Steve himself. We wish Jobs the best in what is obviously a distressful time for him physically and emotionally. End.

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    Marcus Yam , January 19, 2009 7:43 PM
    Full support here. We're here to report about tech products and news, not give health updates for the Steve Jobs fanatic.

    There's no denying that Steve Job's influence on the industry is huge, but that's part of his work life and it's the one we should concentrate on. His private life and health aren't our business, especially since he's made it obvious that it's not something he's keen on sharing with the public.

    We are going to respect that.
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    Anonymous , January 19, 2009 9:11 PM
    Next topic will be: "Media frenzy surrounding media frenzy surrounding Steve Jobs' health"
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    spongebob , January 19, 2009 10:54 PM
    ^ +1
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    jj463rd , January 19, 2009 10:56 PM
    I think that if Steve Jobs life is in danger that he should undergo the first human head transplant involving discorporation of his head and keeping it alive on a machine.
    U.S. Patent 4,666,425
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    JMcEntegart , January 20, 2009 10:34 AM
    Hi lads,

    It's great to hear you guys are on board. Thanks for your feedback and support. :) 

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    Slobogob , January 20, 2009 11:42 AM
    They did the same thing with John Paul II when he got sick. I'm not even religious but there was no escaping the daily "news" or updates on how well the pope was. I'm 100% certain some tv station is updating the density-of-Steve-Jobs-feces hourly. I don't know who cares and so called journalists reporting news about something like that should be shipped to a work camp in siberia.
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    adamk890 , January 20, 2009 1:11 PM
    Yeah although Steve probably means a lot to people the best thing is just to leave him alone to get better. If the worst happenes im gonna be pissed off.
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    Anonymous , January 20, 2009 1:47 PM
    What do you expect from main stream media journalists? They are such a sad breed of humans. They care more about their stories and agendas than they care about the actual people. Of course, this is a generalization, but unfortunately all too often true.

    Steve is dying. He didn't choose this. He didn't ask for it. He got cancer. It happens to many people. Let him fight his cancer and leave his personal health alone. For crying out loud, he could be dead in a year and this loser only cares about the impact on shareholders and his feed for news? This guy is a world class egotistical selfish spoiled American brat that never made it into maturity.

    No doubt Steve is an important person in American business and pop culture, but life goes on. The world won't end because some people may lose money on Apple. Life won't end because Apple products may not be the same, for good or for worse. It's just life. People die.
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