Well this certainly takes anti-Apple sentiment to the next level. While some folks have self-righteously chosen to protest Apple’s app store policies by abandoning their iPhones, one disgruntled iPhone user went to the extreme (a’la Harold and Kumar) and decided to put a few bullets into a new 16GB iPhone 3GS, before dousing it with lighter fluid and setting it aflame in what can perhaps be considered the lamest and dumbest “political statement” in history. Put simply, choosing tech products as a function of ill-placed moral concerns is ridiculous.
We have to admit though, we’re digging the soundtrack (My Body Is A Cage by Arcade Fire) and there’s almost a classic film noir vibe to the whole thing. Check out the video below.
On his YouTube page, the shooter describes what factors drove him towards destruction:
I have bought all three generations of iPhones on launch day, but I cannot take it any longer.
In the end, it was rejection of Google Voice from the App Store that drove me to this point, but that was just the tip of the spear. Whether it is their refusal to let other gadgets such as the Palm Pre interface with iTunes, or their Draconian App Store procedures…I simply cannot support them with a clear conscience, which is why I chose to end the life of my iPhone in this manner instead of selling it–after all, who would want to pass on a cancer to another person?
Apple may have fooled the world with their witty commercials and bright t-shirts, but they will no longer fool me. Their approach has helped them gain a sizable chunk of the PC market, but as their popularity grows, people will begin to see them for what they really are–a corporation far more “evil” than Microsoft would ever dream to be.
Apple is turning consumerism into communism. Any entity that enforces such anti-competitive practices and dictates what their paying population can and cannot have without any explanation, consistency, or reason is communistic. It’s wrong and I will no longer support it.
Nothing like some “bright t-shirts” to fool the masses.