The Cult of Macby Leander Kahney
In this coffee-table edition for Macintosh enthusiasts, "Wired News" reporter Kahney surveys the devoted following that has grown up around Mac computersfans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who attend Apple Store openings like they are Grateful Dead shows, and counterculture icons who love the Mac. See more details below
In this coffee-table edition for Macintosh enthusiasts, "Wired News" reporter Kahney surveys the devoted following that has grown up around Mac computersfans who get Mac tattoos and haircuts, people who attend Apple Store openings like they are Grateful Dead shows, and counterculture icons who love the Mac.
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Ever since its inception 20 years (!) ago, the Mac has attracted a devoted following. For its first 10 years or so, there really was nothing in its price range that seriously rivalled its GUI. Though that edge has eroded significantly by now, this book attests to the presence of a still admiring throng. Unlike many computer books, this is focused on its distinctive user base. Yes, sections of the book talk about various present and bygone Mac products. But the book is clearly most about Mac fans. It has biographies of well known users. At least, they are well known within this community. And it is a world wide web of its own. We meet users in Iceland, Japan and all over. In fact, a sizeable portion of the book covers the Mac scene in Japan. Very creative and colourful blokes. Years before Unicode rose to handle languages like Japanese, the Mac had an approach to internationlisation that readily catered to Japanese. When Microsoft and others were still mostly ascii. So no surprise that the Japanese Mac community has a rich history. You don't have to use a Mac to appreciate this book. A fascinating peek at a thriving bunch.
This book would have been better if it offered a balanced view. I see the 'cult of Mac' as a dangerous affiliation, no better than the followers of the deadly Jim Jones, or the comet/spaceship suicide cult. The Mac userbase consists of folks who, for some reason, want to be a part of a self-selected persecuted 'minority' group. When I looked at this book, I was hoping to see some explanation about this, but all I found was a fluff piece.