Let me begin by stating that I adore my iMac, macbook and iPod that I use on a daily basis.
Now with that out of the way, I feel that the apple decal sticker you get when you purchase an apple product has become a sort of status symbol. You’ve probably seen them popping up on more and more cars lately. (The worst case I’ve seen was used to cover the logo on a DELL laptop.) But why do I think this? Because the first time I put one on my car I felt a certain puff in my chest that said: “Hey! Everybody look at me. I’m so sophisticated and cool because I use a mac.” That somehow because of this little apple sticker I knew something that the majority of people didn’t. And I was better than them. I even felt sorry for people that didn’t use a mac or worse, had never used a mac. I was holding macintosh up on this pedestal in my mind. (Sadly, I felt like this for a long time.)
But as of late, my opinion has changed about what that apple represents to me. I no longer feel bad/sorry for people who don’t use a mac. Instead I recognize that for me, a mac is the best computer to use, but for others it may not be. (Even though I’ll duel to the death that life on a mac is much more user-friendly than any pc available.) But take my Father for example, he called me late last year talking about getting a new computer. Of course my recommendation was to buy an apple, but he said he didn’t need all the power that came along with it, as well as the price tag. Even though apple has come down in price, it’s still hard to compete when you can buy a brand new laptop at Walmart for under $400. Sadly that’s what he ended up getting, but for him it’s all he needed (minus all the pre-loaded apps that comes fully loaded on his computer).
So what’s the point here? I’m glad you asked. Last night I finally scraped off the apple sticker that adorned my back right window on my car, and this morning I replaced it with the same apple sticker, only I turned it upside down. And why did I do this? It’s just my way of taking a stab at all those who use the apple logo as a status symbol. I guess you could say it’s making fun of my arrogance. And more importantly, I hope it makes people think. Like I said, I love my apple products, but they don’t define me.