Steve Jobs and privacy
I was flipping past a business channel while on vacation last week and I saw a couple of talking heads debating the privacy issue around Steve Jobs' health. It being cable teevee, there were two opposing positions, and only those two: yes, Jobs needs to disclose any serious health problems, or no, leave the guy alone.
Seems to me there's a bit more nuance involved, although it's not that tough a question: Steve Jobs, human being, deserves his privacy. Steve Jobs, head of a public company, owes shareholders the truth (true for any CEO, but especially so for the man who defines Apple).
New York Times columnist Joe Nocera has since reported that Jobs says he doesn't have a life-threatening condition.
Good news, if delivered in an unusual way.