Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Rational Explanation for Apple's Irrational behavior

Fear is directly proportional to the size of the coward.

Xenocrates
What does a giant like Apple have to fear from two bit competitors?

Are you frightened by crawling creatures? Does the sudden sight of a scurrying mouse startle you? Does the wayward flight of a random cockroach make you duck? Would the sight of a black spider resting on the wall across the room fill you with terror just after you turn on the light in your bedroom? If so, have you ever asked yourself why? Why would you, a human, the most fearsome animal on the planet be terrified of such tiny crawling creatures? Interestingly, I have found the same behaviour in giants of religion (Christianity fears Atheism) politics (GOP vs. Democrats) and even technology (Apple Inc. vs Samsung et al). Why do giants fear dwarves? This post will explore the psychology of giants. Apple fan boys will not be amused.