Humor: Motorola TV Commercial mocks Apple 1984

By Xah Lee. Date:

“Welcome to the new decade: Java is a restricted platform, Google is evil, Apple is a monopoly and Microsoft are the underdogs” — Phil Nash 2010-08-14

This is just too good a commercial. Motorola pokes fun at Apple.

“Motorola - Empower the People”

Notice that ubiquitous white iPad earphone? That's Apple.

Here's the famous Apple TV ad in 1984.

Apple's 1984 commercial.

In the 1980s, the Big Brother in computing industry alludes to IBM.

Nineteen Eighty-Four is dystopian novel by a George Orwell. It brought us the term Big Brother — a government that practices total surveillance. For a short essay by Orwell, see: Politics and the English Language.

A fantastic scifi movie that depicts Big Brother in a similar way is Brazil (film) (1985), directed by Terry Gilliam. Buy at amazon


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