You're missing the point, Alarindris. Or maybe you're just making a completely unrelated one?
I've always been into computers, and was a die-hard Windows fan until the Intel macs were released. I made the switch, and haven't looked back; HOWEVER, I didn't make the switch "to be cool (as was discussed above)," nor did I make it because windows = bad, apple = good. IMHO, they're both computer industry giants whose main interest is (ding!) PROFITS.
That being said, I'm in the "Free-thinking" business; music is what I do, it's who I am. I choose Mac, NOT because of it's affiliation with the "young, hip, etc." crowd, but because when it comes down to it, Macs are simply more stable than Windows. The MAJORITY of creative software - audio, in my case, but artwork and video as well - is run on macs. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of great software selections on PC; however, when I walk into a studio (and this also goes for film/photo editing) chances are 9/10 times the main computer will be a mac, typically running Pro Tools (which also runs on windows). The reasoning behind this lies in the fact that Pro Tools, and pretty much every major Digital Audio Workshop (DAW) runs incredibly stable on the Mac. Pro Tools doesn't even support Windows 7 yet! The thousands of high quality plug-ins out there for purchase? They all run incredibly stable on a mac, too. Why? Because Mac has become the "creative" industry standard, an attribute largely due to its stability in the first place.
As a music professional, I take great care to make sure my data stays uncorrupted. I back up EVERYTHING multiple times, JUST in case my computer crashes/gets wiped, etc. My computer IS my office. I wouldn't be able to do what I do without one (unless I have an analog studio - anyone want to invest $30,000?). I don't need the cost-effectiveness of a PC, I need the guaranteed stability that comes with buying a mac.
On a different note: Apple's do-it-yourself recording, filming and photo editing software is big business. It remains powerful enough to produce professional art, while remaining cheap enough for practically anyone (college hipster kids included) to purchase. Tie that into a couple generations of internet users who drown themselves in media, and what do you get? A few million you-tube directors who all want macs, because it's what the professionals use, and there's a chance in hell their parents might actually buy it for them.
What you guys aren't acknowledging is that artists are signing contracts giving up their copyright ownership in order to make that thin nickel. They make more money by giving up their copyright than by holding on to it! The unfortunate state of our music industry coerces artists into relying on corporations to make a buck; however, as ease of informational dissemination occurs (e.g. the 'Indy Music' scene, Myspace, CD Baby, etc) we start to circumvent the corporate marketing ability by doing it ourselves. Only from there can we retain the copyright to our own artistic property, seeing as we don't need corporations to sell it for us anymore! Nonetheless, the "bastardization" of copyright has occurred through the natural buying and selling of copyright, not through any mis-use of copyright. As a musical artist, you can bet I wouldn't sell my copyright to a record exec, I'd barter over percentage return, and retain the ownership of my music. The only reason I can do this is because power is shifting into the hands of the artist. *skipping redundant phrasing here* Ten years ago, I would've been told to shove off, and another artist who was more amenable to being forcibly bent over would've been signed.
Am I racist for associating Koolaid with a black stereotype, or are you racist for delineating it? Or maybe just uninformed? Or maybe I'm just uninformed...I like to think of myself as not racist, but in taking insult at a phrase like that, am I perpetuating a stereotype that doesn't really have any basis for existence in the first place?
...I'm so confused...
In this case, it would take someone who has already understood this basic fundamental concept to say "teach, I'm keeping my notes and if you fail me because of it, you can kiss your job goodbye." Granted, that's a risky, although not inappropriate, line to take.
To sum it up: Preach on, brother!