“What have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?”
—Steve Jobs, from this alleged email exchange with Gawker Media reporter Ryan Tate.
I’m honestly not sure if this email conversation really happened or if this is just a continuation of Gawker’s obvious battle with Apple, but if it is, Steve Jobs has perfectly summed up my thoughts on the current status of the internet.
I’ve reached the point where I no longer read the comments sections of blog, I ignore 95% of the posts on my Facebook feed, and the amount of blogs I read has significantly decreased in recent months. Just go pick a random YouTube video and read through some of the comments. You’ll find negativity. You’ll find arguing. You’ll find personal attacks. (Not to mention, poor grammar, bad spelling, and sentences that even my young cousins could correct). It’s terrible. It seems you can’t produce original content online anymore without someone coming out of the cracks to criticize and argue.
It’s easy to criticize from the sidelines. It’s far easier to criticize and complain and protest and argue than it is to create something original.
Don’t like the way Apple is controls their app store? Don’t use it. Or better yet, get a team together and build a new platform. Don’t like a cause some organization stands for? Don’t protest, tell us what you stand for. If you don’t like the way something is done, change it. Make it better. Do something about it. Make something original. Do something that makes you and those around you happier. But don’t just sit around criticizing. Because that’s annoying and doesn’t make anything better.