Is Risk Fun?

We have looked at apple extensively this semester. We can establish Apple is extremely secretive about company operations. We observed how apple distanced themselves from the FoxConn Operations with slickness and panache. We looked in depth about the cult-like consumer culture of apple, especially due to their affinity for alliteration. Just kidding.

Based on the outspoken opinions in class, it seems we do not care enough about scandals in company operations enough for it to affect our consumer preferences…but alas, with the release of the iPhone 6, Apple has lost $23 Billion since the release of the iPhone 6. However, this may be more of a functionality issue than a company transparency issue. Despite the odd statistical proclamations in this article (there are many of them), insights are chock-full~~~

“Of course, Apple products have had problems before. An earlier update to an iPhone would lose connectivity due to a faulty antenna design that founder Steve Jobs was able to do damage control around. But with more scrutiny on Apple, such mishaps are more difficult to scoff off and erode — maybe just a little — Apple’s well-groomed aura of perfection.”

So…going back to my previous digression, are the company improprieties starting to add up? Will Apple once again regain their customers’ confidence and soar in the markets? Will it have to reach new frontiers of clarity in their company? Or is this the beginning of the end of the Apple obsession…


Lets look at how Google, an extremely transparent company with a highly laissez-faire company attitude, sizes up, growth-wise:

~~looking at percent growth over the past 5 years~~

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Is a safe to say that Apple is a more controversial company with a swashbuckling attitude, resulting in variability of market growth, while Google’s relaxed philosophies and accepting company attitudes embody a more stable growth?

Read this article which articulates the pros and cons about Google’s company atmosphere and mission. Is Google’s strategy more sensible and logical than Apple’s tactics?

Ok lets look at why any of this matters. Do we want to run a company that fluctuates and creates controversy because it is a more exciting endeavor. I’m talking strictly life purpose and betterment of the world. We probably want to have more company’s like Google because Apple’s scandals are related to quality of life and ethical treatment of constituents, and companies like Google emulate a patriotic elan which spurs our domestic economy.

Blog posts are fun as well, so here is an interesting series of photos [JC: screenshots of tweets?]:

Brands poking fun at Apple


8 thoughts on “Is Risk Fun?”

  1. What is the featured image? Where they are playing pool? We want everyone to put a little credit in for that too. Are those Apple employees? You imply so, I think, given the prompt.


  2. In what sense is Google “lassiez faire?” Usually this means a worldview advocating minimal government involvement in markets. Do you mean it differently here? Do I have too narrow of a definition of laissez fair in mind?


  3. Yes, I view Laissez Faire as letting things go their own way. In order for Google’s employees to excel and innovate, they must feel comfortable and not binded by company policy or rules. Google fosters a culture of freedom for their genius employees.


  4. I really liked your use of Samsung’s marketing tweets and how they were used by other companies in order to further their own, in some cases very different, products. It really shows how much companies have turned to using social media cleverly in order to promote their products in other ways besides the traditional advertisement. The awesome thing about this new medium for advertising is that it requires a lot more creativity and quick thinking.


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