Steve Jobs Lives (or Is Not Dead, Apparently)

07/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Well, is he in the building or not? Is he all better? Why won't they tell us? And does it matter?

Now, it very well may be that many successful public companies are run by crazy buggers -- secretive, paranoid, and contrary to a fantastic degree. It may be that Steve Jobs is actually a breath of fresh air. While he may have tried to hide his health issues, he's certainly open about his peculiarities.

Anyway, he very well could be back at work, and, according to mysterious sources, with a new liver (a hospital in Memphis is now claiming to have supplied it). Indeed, in Jobs' continuing campaign to turn corporate transparency on its ear, various members of the press seem to have been told certain things under certain conditions designed to further cloud the situation. Not just to turn transparency on its ear, but to mock it.

At virtually every step of Jobs' illness there's been a pattern of misinformation and subterfuge and pretense and prevarication. And for what? None of this obfuscation seems to have been to any clear point. There certainly doesn't seem to be a business advantage to this grand deception. The point seems to be just deception itself -- how much can Steve Jobs get away with?

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