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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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