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Core Differences

Is the new Apple Computer flagship on 5th Avenue in New York a knockoff of the Ka'ba in Mecca?  And should Muslims be offended by the resemblance? 

Claims of cultural misappropriation are difficult enough to analyze when the subject matter in question -- dress, dance, cuisine, music, traditional medicine, architechture, etc. -- has clearly been copied.  But a cube?  Even a freestanding cube in the middle of a plaza?  Even when another freestanding cube in the middle of another plaza is an iconic image to much of the world's population?  Tough call. 

But "Apple Mecca" or not, I think I may stick with Windows shopping until the matter is resolved.

Hat tip:  Trexfiles