Following the recent bankruptcy of Borders Bookstore, U.S. House of Representative member Jesse Jackson, Jr. recently gave a presentation to the House, addressing the United States’ current unemployment crisis and claimed the iPad was “probably responsible for eliminating thousands of American jobs.” The ironic thing about his stance is that he himself is an iPad owner:
“Why do you need to go to Borders anymore? Why do you need to go to Barnes and Noble? Just buy an iPad and download your book, download your newspaper, download your magazine…What becomes of publishing companies and publishing company jobs? What becomes of bookstores and librarians and all of the jobs associated with paper? Well, in the not-too-distant future, such jobs simply won’t exist. [...] The iPad is produced in China. It’s not produced here in the United States. [...] There is no protection for jobs here in America to ensure that the American people are being put to work.” [Source]
The Illinois 2nd congressional district rep also went on to point out the cons of Chicago State University’s recent initiative to replace textbooks with iPads for the next group of incoming freshman stating that it will “fundamentally alter how we will educate our children”. I wish I did have an iPad during my young school days! Although he does make some valid points..