Getting back on topic...
Here are a couple articles that followed on from the New Yorker one:
Bitcoin shows the value of not depending on its maker
DANNY O'BRIEN October 7, 2011http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2011/1007/1224305381674.html
The Bitcoin Crypto-Currency Mystery Reopened
BY Adam PenenbergTue Oct 11, 2011http://www.fastcompany.com/1785445/crypto-currency-mystery
I like the point the first one makes. Bitcoin does not, should not, rely on any one personality or group.
Satoshi was probably making the same point by choosing to remain anonymous.
It is, at least partly, about moving away from centralized systems, and cults of personality, and kings and presidents, etc.
to decentralized systems.