John Hodgman: PC Guy from Apple Ads Way Smarter Than Mac Guy

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Radar interviews John Hodgman, you know, the PC Guy from the Apple ads. And reading it makes me feel just stupid. You know he works for the Daily Show, but did you know he's a full fledged NY Times Magazine editor and writer, and was a reporter for NPR's This American Life? Justin Long, the Mac Guy, is best known for working with Lindsay Lohan in Herbie Fully Loaded, Vince Vaughn in Dodgeball, and his cameo on That 70's Show. Well then.


I guess PC users are really smarter than Mac users. (flame on)
Actually, he's a Mac guy, so I guess its the other way around. (blazing inferno on)

John's Mac-love, as chronicled in an interview in The Phoenix...

I bought the very first Mac, or convinced my father to buy it, in 1984. I used it through high school and college; it was the first computer I used outside of college, then I went though a brief period of exile during my corporate years as a professional literary agent, where I was forced to use a PC . . .Mac has always gotten the design and the interface down pat. They just know it. PC's efforts to emulate this, and its constant failing, and its self-satisfied arrogance about it being the most used platform in the world, all of that made it very easy to craft a character who, while he is a boob, and often concerned about how he comes off, at his core really feels bad for the Mac. Is really so delusional to believe he's much cooler than the Mac. The whole reason they're standing in that white room is because he's trying to help the Mac out.


John Hodgman Interview [Radar]
John Hodgman Interview [The Phoenix via Digg]

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Apparently the Mac is so popular people clone the advertising?

I have used OSX since the day it came out (and every Mac OS version before that), and every flavor of Windows since 3.0. I hate to break anyone's balls, but the two operating systems are really not very different. It is sort of like getting into an argument of Ford versus Chevy.