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Professor of Ethics decries Jobs' moral fibre

A Professor of Ethics at Hofstra University has joined in with the post-death bashing of Steve Jobs, saying that he shouldn't be deified or considered as a role model for young people because his personal life and morals were lacklustre.

While Arthur Dobrin is more than happy to admit he makes use of Apple's products and that he's in the process of getting an iPad and possibly an iPhone, he was keen to express that not everything Steve Jobs did in his life was positive.

He begins the article on Psychology Today (opens in new tab) by explaining how the technology the Apple head pioneered has brought us closer to people in the wider world, though claims it also distances us from those physically closer to us. While not entirely Steve Jobs' fault, the professor also highlighted how society was increasingly held within a filter bubble (opens in new tab) thanks to recommendations online, and that attention spans were dropping due to the constant influx of new information.

While he detailed the somewhat unseen side effects of the world's technology uptake, Dobrin's main focus of the article was to address Jobs' personal and moral choices which he felt made it hard to praise the man despite his business and technological achievements. Citing the authorised biography by Walter Issacson as his source, Dobrin commented on how one of Jobs' friends said he "had the uncanny capacity to know exactly what your weak point is, know what will make you feel small, to make you cringe."

The professor also pointed to a New Yorker (opens in new tab) article by Malcolm Gladwell that mentioned Jobs regularly "parked in handicapped parking spaces" - using a loophole in Californian law to avoid punishment - and that he would send food back at restaurants several times. Apparently he also complained of the wrong flowers being present in his hotel suite, that the strawberries were inadequate and more. Perhaps the most damning thing that Dobrin brings up, though, is the fact that Jobs "denied the paternity of his own child."

The ethics professor is the second person to recently speak out against the deceased Apple CEO, with the UK's chief Rabbi saying that (opens in new tab) Jobs had helped create a society that has an "individualist, egocentric culture" and that people only care about themselves. He later ameliorated these claims somewhat, stating how much he loves Apple products. monitors all leading technology stories and rounds them up to help you save time hunting them down.