Apple cancels Jon Stewart

AI and China are a no-no

During the dark days of the Iraq War, the only way I could process the news was through comedian Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show.

I found it impossible to watch the unending daily drumbeat of horrible news from mainstream outlets. At the end of every broadcast, I’d want to weep and slash my wrists. The only prism that made it bearable was Jon Stewart’s bitter, angry comedy.

So it’s upsetting that Apple has reportedly canceled Stewart’s new show on Apple TV+ after just two seasons over concerns about AI and China.

Apple’s executives apparently find these topics too close to home, and have abruptly axed the show.

Not only is this cowardly, but it makes you wonder what Apple was thinking when it commissioned The Problem with Jon Stewart in the first place.

The show’s whole raison d'etre is to take on controversial subjects. It’s hard to believe Apple couldn't have seen something like this coming, and grown some kind of a backbone in advance.

It’s nice to believe that Apple stands for things beyond making a buck, so it’s disheartening to see the company silencing a potential critic to protect its corporate interests. Especially over topics like AI, which could potentially remake society.

It’s a big black mark against Apple.

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Coming back after seven months in Indian villages, I saw the craziness of the Western world as well as its capacity for rational thought. If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things – that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline; you have to practice it.

— Steve Jobs, 2011.

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