No one's pay was "inflated" by backdating, unless you assume that the alternative would have been awarding executives exactly the same number of options at less-advantageous prices.
Which, of course, you shouldn't assume since any sensible employee can see that if his each stock option is worth less, he should get more of them.
Still, the film lays out the evidence that even friends and lovers frequently deemed Jobs an “asshole.” It’s impossible for a film to answer an existential question that remains something of an imponderable.
But Gibney intimates that, despite Jobs’s youthful preoccupation with Zen, he could never find inner peace since his entrepreneurial zeal and innate narcissism surpassed his superficial desire for spiritual transcendence.
Although Jobs’s cavalier response to reports of abuses at China’s Foxconn plant, one of Apple’s main overseas suppliers, has been discussed at length in various publications over the years, Gibney makes the labor abuses and environmental devastation associated with this factory one of the cornerstones of his indictment of Jobs, still a secular saint for many Americans.
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution, to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.
The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the i Mac. From his ground breaking i-phones, i-pads and i-pods to paternity issues and finding the sister he never knew, this program will delve into the ...
Starting with the infamous 1984 advertisement that positioned the Macintosh as an alternative to an Orwellian future, Jobs harnessed a mounting fear of machines, and transformed it into the illusion of hope.
Gibney also suggests that Jobs bought into his own delusions.