Jesse Jackson Jr. blames iPads for American unemployment

Jesse Jackson Jr. blames iPads for American unemployment
Apple has grown accustomed to the limelight, but that comes with an undue amount of negative attention. For example, while many companies' manufacturers probably have health and safety violations, we only seem to hear about Apple's. But Apple's critics are starting to reach.

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) is partially blaming the Apple iPad for the current 9% unemployment rate in the U.S. Jackson suggested that the iPad is "probably responsible for eliminating thousands of jobs." Only weeks ago, Jackson stood before the House and supported giving an iPad to every student in America. That's quite the change of heart.

Jackson then lamented the loss of paper publishing companies: "Chicago State University in my congressional district, in freshman class, they're not being given textbooks any longer. They're all being given iPads as they enter school." When you merely read that statement, it sounds like a positive thing. But Jackson is concerned for the loss of jobs at paper publishers.

At the heart of his argument, Jackson was lamenting outsourcing, and its relationship to the unemployment rate. But his arguments seemed to only criticize the technology, as if the wireless industry is somehow tearing apart a sacred publishing tradition. Congratulations, Apple. You have been criticized for doing your job too well.

source: Real Clear Politics via PCMag

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1. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

Does he think that we'll just stay in this one spot and never move onto innovating other things? Of course tablets are putting newspapers out of business... I don't need to pay money to get news that i can get from a google search for free. The tablets will be out innovated as well some day with something better, cheaper, and not consisting of so many parts.

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

thats democrats for you. you cant move forward with life, because it might cost someone his job.. even though eventually jobs that replace them get better... better pay, conditions, ect. With this mentality, we never would have allowed the printing press! It would put thousands of town criers out of business!!! lol.

3. JeffdaBeat unregistered

That's technology. It's not the iPad or any one thing. Going forward, more and more jobs will be eliminated because machines will basically do the work that people would have done decades ago. Car companies employ a fraction of the people they do now because machines can do most of those jobs. More and more jobs are becoming IT oriented and yesterday's laborer aren't trained for it. But it isn't Apple or any one company's fault. It's just technology.

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Couldn't agree more, another example is addition of electronic cashiers on stores that need little human help, its not apple or any other company, they are doing their job. I think we may reach an era where the conventional jobs are changing. We may need to create new ways to get jobs, this is why I think computing should be as important on school as math and English because we are slowly making a digital centric world. Also if the government wants to stop this they can settle rules, rules that may prevent the abuse of technology, but don't know how bad that could be

4. therygy

Posts: 94; Member since: May 24, 2010

Love the last sentence. Made me laugh. Lol

6. Shwut unregistered

The newspapers could make their own iPad Apps instead of being printed on paper... :D

7. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Yeah sure. Let's all stop using modern technology so that more jobs can be available. I also blame married couples for having children. If couples would stop having kids then there would be less competition for work. I also blame modern medicine for curing diseases. Those sick people who would have usually died would have opened a new job for an unemployed person. Modern technology is a drawback to employment. We should stop email technology as well. That way more jobs can be opened at the post office. As well as ebay and amazon. They should be stopped.

13. Androidluv

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

+5 for sarcasm :-D

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered


9. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Not too often everyone agrees on these posts. Guess Rep Jackson accomplished something positive. Thank the Lord I live downstate.

10. gemini_is_an_idiot unregistered

dude, seriously you needed not to go that far. I understand his claim although just like you I believe it is ridiculous.

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

What a loser. I rather spend $30 for a digital textbook than spend $200 towards greedy publishers for a book I'll get gipped when I resell it. Lol, democrats are morons.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

digital textbooks are still over 100 bux normally. I dont know what classes your taking. :)

12. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I hate Apple and think that its fans can be way too obsessed with its products, but even I think that this was a stupid argument.

14. Androidluv

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 13, 2010

He needs to lose his job so that someone else can take it. That way he would have helped with the unemployment situation.

16. Shaemus Mulley unregistered

I don't know whose dumber, this guy or his old man. Keep blaming everyone, but yourself, fella. You keep giving handouts to your constituents, that's why asses are couch-bound. Who elects these assholes, anyhow?

17. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Sad sad sad...atleast the Chinese "slaves" get jobs that exposes them to iphone and apple products radiation :)

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