Editor's Blog: Roman Wonders if Apple's "Get a Mac" Ads Were Inspired by Us

Editor's Blog: Roman Wonders if Apple's "Get a Mac" Ads Were Inspired by Us

 

If you live on the Internet like I do, you've probably heard about a recent entry on Scootinger's Blog about an old MacAddict article, comparing a PC user to a Mac user (for the uninitiated, Mac|Life evolved from MacAddict). Specifically, Scootinger talks about the picture below (click on it for a bigger pic that opens in a new browser window).

 

Proof that everything old is new again...


Scootinger points out the similarity with Apple's Get a Mac ads that star a suit-and-tie clad John Hodgman as PC and Justin Long as Mac.

 

or that there's no such thing as new ideas.


The article made the rounds of the Internet. Lots of comments were made, most of them mocking the "original" photo. So I thought that the photo could use some context. I talked to Nikki McDonald, the editor behind MacAddict's photo. Nikki was one of the founding editors of MacAddict, and in my conversation with her, we talk about how the photo was part of a bigger article that appeared in the very first issue of MacAddict. The article was important in defining the magazine's intended audience.

 

Click here to listen to or download my conversation with Nikki (eight minutes).

 

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Anonymous

Toupsian pretentions aside, I think the current Mac TV ads lack the diagrams and textboxes that your original and better idea had. Are you preceeding to the Legal Step?

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Anonymous

Take a close look: The PC and Mac guys look to be inspired by none other than Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. The resemblance is more than passing.

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Anonymous

pc and mac (in the ads) kinda reminded me of dwight and jim from the office, too

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