Shakespeare once said "the education of circumstance is superior to that of tuition" and so when I am asked, as if often the case, about the perception and relevance of media studies compared with traditional subjects, I remain ambivalent.
Unlike Steve Jobs, Microsoft aren't shy about letting people use a stylus on their new Surface tablet, or a keyboard for that matter. But Jobs missed out on his own multi-billion pound industry which gets its own trade show in London this summer.
So, can degrees be written off? May or may not be! Degrees may still matter overall, but the tech world may define a new trend in hiring where it is more your ability to do what you are supposed to rather than hire people with heavy baggage of degrees.
I want to find out whether it's true that vertical stripes are more flattering than horizontal or whether Steve Jobs and Coco Chanel had it right and black is best. Material World agreed that this is a question people would be interested in and I'm now planning the experiment.
Yes, in a finite universe it is basically inevitable Apple will run into trouble. But it is a mistake to see in Apple's enormous recent success, or even in Steve Jobs' death, a set-up for its eventual total failure.
Apple is critically dependent on its products being perceived as the coolest, best-designed, most innovative on the market. But it is very hard to be cool when you are the biggest company in the world.
The biggest problem facing large organisations today is not a lack of desire to change but a lack of know-how. It stems from a fundamental leadership issue: the wrong types of people have been left in charge.
When I purchased my first iPhone back in 2008, an incredible, abrupt, and dramatic transformation apparently occurred. According to friends, family, and random people commenting on forums, I had become an Apple fanboy. A slave to the cult of Jobs.
Small business owners need to step-up and become leaders who motivate their staff beyond the paycheck. I will go as far as to say that the ability to motivate people is the greatest asset any business owner can have.