Jesse Jackson Jr. blaming iPad for loss of American jobs

Since its launch in 2010, the Apple iPad series has sold over 15 million units, won a Best Gadget award and received mostly positive reviews from critics around the world, one even saying that it beats his "most optimistic expectations" and that the device "will replace laptops", however it seems that one U.S. Representative is blaming Apple's device for thousands of job losses across the United States.

According to Real Clear Politics the Illinois Representative Jesse Jackson Junior, who also owns an iPad, is blaming Apple for "eliminating thousands of American jobs." During a speech on the House Floor on Friday, he asked the question, "why do you need to go to Borders anymore?" and claimed that the reason for jobs being lost and store being closed down is that now users are able to "buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book and download your magazine."

It seems that Jackson has changed his views significantly since last month when he said that the iPad was "revolutionizing" the country" and that it would "fundamentally alter how we will educate our children" followed by making a suggestion that there should be an "iPad for every student in the nation".

Barnes & Noble did say that they were being forced to cut jobs due to a decline in physical book purchases but this seems more like a publicity stunt than anything else.

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What a dummy. He owns an iPad and wants to complain about how the iPad is 'destroying jobs'? Yet earlier, he claims to think that the iPad is so 'revolutionary' and that every student in America? Is he a hypocrite or what?

I don't own an iPad, don't plan to either unless I get one for free, don't see everybody having an iPad, and have not yet seen one bookstore that is empty. He just probably said this junk to get publicity from the media.

The only reason why I haven't stopped by in bookstores, or bought much from them in recent years is because I don't have a lot of disposable money anymore to just buy book willy-nilly. I can get a lot of my favorite fiction books through the entire public library system, and most of these books are something I probably won't bother reading over and over again, and I don't want to bother selling something at a significantly lower price for something read once. That's my reasoning.

Xero said,
While it may have lost jobs (in this scenario) it also created millions more.

"Millions?" I think you got a few extra commas in your scenario there buddy.

MytMowse said,
Easy solution, have it take 6 months before you can buy a music album, book, magazine, and movie digitally.

Too short, lets do 6 yrs.

It's true. I'm pretty sure the sonofabitsh that gave me my lay-off notice did indeed type it up on his f'n iPad. Die iPad die.

typical hypocrite....him="Yes, let me hate on Ipad 2's...oh wait, I've got to go post my hate for the ipad 2 on the internet with my ipad 2..." I sooo see an xzibit meme on this one! Something like "YO DAWG! I HEARD YOU BEEN HATIN' ON THE IPAD 2, SO I PUT AN IPAD 2 IN YOUR IPAD 2 SO YOU CAN HATE WHILE YOU HATE!

obiwankenobi said,
typical hypocrite....him="Yes, let me hate on Ipad 2's...oh wait, I've got to go post my hate for the ipad 2 on the internet with my ipad 2..." I sooo see an xzibit meme on this one! Something like "YO DAWG! I HEARD YOU BEEN HATIN' ON THE IPAD 2, SO I PUT AN IPAD 2 IN YOUR IPAD 2 SO YOU CAN HATE WHILE YOU HATE!

Nas ft. Puff Daddy - You Can Hate Me Now

Psst evolution of things is kinda built into the fabric of the universe Jr. you can fight it but it will innevitably change.

And as humans are part of this. Dont fight the future. Adapt

I can see it now years from now we,ll be arguing the tablet is becoming old hat and even newer technology is ruining the jobs of the poor tablet manufacturers.

Colicab said,

I can see it now years from now we,ll be arguing the tablet is becoming old hat and even newer technology is ruining the jobs of the poor tablet manufacturers.

'years from now'? What? you new here?

Fireyetti said,
What about the creation of jobs to make iPad 2s?

iPad2s are not manufactured in the US. Manufacturing generates far more jobs than the concept->design phase.

It's a good thing American forefathers fought for the workers, to the point where they are no longer a cost effective options in a global economy.

I have to admit, the only time I go to store is the local supermarket, everything else is bought on-line. If I could get them to deliver to my door, Id do that on-line as well. Live in a flat 16th floor and disabled so no choice.

NinjaGinger said,
I have to admit, the only time I go to store is the local supermarket, everything else is bought on-line. If I could get them to deliver to my door, Id do that on-line as well. Live in a flat 16th floor and disabled so no choice.

Check and see as I order my groceries online from my local grocery store and have them deliver it.

NinjaGinger said,
I have to admit, the only time I go to store is the local supermarket, everything else is bought on-line. If I could get them to deliver to my door, Id do that on-line as well. Live in a flat 16th floor and disabled so no choice.

Check and see as I order my groceries online from my local grocery store and have them deliver it.

He's got a very good point. For every tech advancement we've made, we end up removing a ton of jobs here in the US. The jobs needed here in the US are getting to the point you need a 6year degree from college at which you will be in dept of around 100k or more from what you needed to get through all that and even then there is no sure thing you will get that high paying position. Raising the retirement age will also kill jobs for younger americans as many older will have to keep working more so than just the typical decision for extra cash along side a shrinking SS check.

Amazon did more to hurt Barns & Noble than the iPad ever will.. and I'm not talking about the Kindle, I mean the original Amazon..

And for all those jobs lost in store, there are 10x of them now making apps for iOS and Android phones/tablets..

We are eliminating Service level jobs and adding more technical jobs.. It's called progress.. As Martha Stewart would say, "It's a good thing."

I actually agree with him, e-books put lots of people out of work who are in the publishing and printing industries. And the jobs in the electronics industry that make these gadgets are not in the US. I like junior a lot more then senior, but I do with they'd both make it seem like they're not just whining.

I actually agree with him, e-books put lots of people out of work who are in the publishing and printing industries. And the jobs in the electronics industry that make these gadgets are not in the US. I like junior a lot more then senior, but I do with they'd both make it seem like they're not just whining.

This guy is seriously out of touch with reality. We live in a global economy. To me, these free-trade agreements (NAFTA, etc) have done more to encourage companies to move thier jobs to foreign countries than anything else. Honestly, though, if I ran a company, I suppose I'd look for the cheapest labor. Unfortunately, that is not in the US.

Adapt or die. You could also argue that physical book sales take away from Apple's market share.

Personally, as a big techno enthusiast, I still prefer real books.

So the additional people hired at the Apple Store do not exist? Are the firms that create the apps not run by people?

Actually this has been going on since the industrial revolution. As macihnes progress, job are lost. This isn't news, its history.

"... Why do you need to go to Barnes & Noble? Buy an iPad and download your newspaper, download your book, download your magazine,"

Well actually Mr. Jackson I don't own an iPad or one of it's competitors, but my newspaper & one or two magazines are delivered, we're always buying books, & I haven't been in a Borders or Barnes & Noble in at least 5 years.

It's sadly not surprising for a politician to make up an issue, just invent it out of thin air, or maybe get sold an issue that was created the same way, all in self interest/promotion. Fact is there are more people reading more words than ever before, but the stuff they're reading is on an increasing number of platforms &/or media, sold &/or provided by an increasing number of venders. If a biz can't keep up with the competition that's their fault, & their fault alone...

Unless of course you're an industry that provides something a politician can use, be it an army of union workers to help with your reelection [e.g. Gov Motors], or huge amounts of free propaganda, err publicity. Rumors & talk of bailing out portions of the publishing industries is not new, & this could be Jackson promoting that general idea.

he has a point. but then

1. it's all politically motivated for him to squeal now.
2. it's too little, too late, and the apple fanboys couldn't care less as long as they get their fix.

Albert said,
he has a point. but then
2. it's too little, too late, and the apple fanboys couldn't care less as long as they get their fix.

Yes, because the iPad is the only device that lets you read digital books

I think the problem with jobs in relation to technological change is that the non-educated find it harder to get work. Unfortunately, many still don't realize they need to go to or finish college to find decent work. I think if and when these types of people get that and are able to find more advanced work we won't hear this bs from politictians.

Yes, the iPad is the source of all evil in de world. And if it turns out it isn't I'm sure they'll find something else to blame.

chadlachlanross said,
So what is his solution?
+1

He's exactly right that the ipad is making people lose their jobs. But what are we going to do about it? Stop advancing technology?

Should we lament over the loss of jobs for the folks who made the whips that were used on horse drawn carriages as a result of the automobile? What about all of those poor file clerks who lost their jobs as a result of the computer (never mind the jobs created in the tech sector)? Goodness, what about the negative impact digital photography has had on the film industry. Lest we forget, the jobs lost by people who made payphones when cell phones became affordable for the masses...

What next, will Rep. Jackson want to create a tax that will be used to 'ease' the pain for retailers who lose sales when new technology negatively impacts sales?

Lyondellic said,
Should we lament over the loss of jobs for the folks who made the whips that were used on horse drawn carriages as a result of the automobile? What about all of those poor file clerks who lost their jobs as a result of the computer (never mind the jobs created in the tech sector)? Goodness, what about the negative impact digital photography has had on the film industry. Lest we forget, the jobs lost by people who made payphones when cell phones became affordable for the masses...

What next, will Rep. Jackson want to create a tax that will be used to 'ease' the pain for retailers who lose sales when new technology negatively impacts sales?


Couldnt have put it better myself!

Lyondellic said,
Should we lament over the loss of jobs for the folks who made the whips that were used on horse drawn carriages as a result of the automobile?

NOT disagreeing, I'd point out that Jackson also wants to make it an issue of new tech vs. old, because that engages anyone who feels left behind, bewildered etc. Is it? And was Jackson actually being serious?

Amazon has a great selection of physical books, & the Times Best Seller lists don't seem to be suffering from a lack of candidates to choose from. Could it instead be that a chain of bookstores just wasn't doing as good a job selling books as everyone else? And/Or maybe the biz wasn't run as well as it needed to be?

Far as Jackson being serious goes, iPads are new -- Kindles aren't. iPads do many things -- Kindles don't. Besides being late to the party -- did he just find out about digital delivery? -- ebook readers would certainly seem the better target. Maybe he didn't know about those either?

I'm disappointed in Jesse Jackson. What a stupid position. If Apple see a way to better our lives with technology, they should take it.

Callum said,
I'm disappointed in Jesse Jackson. What a stupid position. If Apple see a way to better our lives with technology, they should take it.

lol what?

Callum said,
I'm disappointed in Jesse Jackson. What a stupid position. If Apple see a way to better our lives with technology, they should take it.

+1

I didn't know ipads downloaded magical newspapers and such. Doesn't it actually create jobs because people have to make the online papers and mags too? lol

IntelliMoo said,
I didn't know ipads downloaded magical newspapers and such. Doesn't it actually create jobs because people have to make the online papers and mags too? lol

I don't think he's talking about stuff like those magazine specific apps, but about eBooks for iBooks, which I doubt takes that long to make.

EDIT: But, (although I'm against Apple,) in general I do think everything should get the chance to move on. Juts because everything's computerized doesn't mean we have to get rid of books, just paper.

MASTER260 said,

I don't think he's talking about stuff like those magazine specific apps, but about eBooks for iBooks, which I doubt takes that long to make.

EDIT: But, (although I'm against Apple,) in general I do think everything should get the chance to move on. Juts because everything's computerized doesn't mean we have to get rid of books, just paper.

Correct. I really hate to see that we as humans are forgetting the basics just because technology has supposedly provided better ways to do more than just the basics. One can only imagine what would happen when a large scale disaster strikes.

If there is something that killed the book industry, is people.


Even way before the iPad, but not too long ago, reading rates dropped. It progressed from reading to MP3 players/Gameboys to iPhones/Androids while on the bus/train. Is just peculiar when you see someone reading

lol... Yes, too bad we're seeing new products designed in the USA used in the USA.

How about adapting to an evolving society and making use of new business opportunities instead of whining, mr Jackson? It's, uh, how an economy works.

Borders was in trouble even before the iPad came out. Pity that he does not even know the facts. Is he dumb not to realize that technology is always disruptive and that people adapt to the changing reality?

As technology advances people will adapte the new ways other than the old fashioned ways. It is true, these people will be affected and some will lose there jobs. But new areas will open in return.

Note: Liked the picture .