October 5, 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

This isn't much of a prediction, but much ink will be spilled over the death of Steve Jobs. Knowing my friends, I'm sure there'll be a mixture of reverence and "what's the big deal?" and crass humor, as befits such an incredibly ubiquitous public figure.

Jobs was my favorite kind of genius. In a cultural, economic, and political landscape fettered with recycled bullshit, Steve Jobs invented things. Not just ideas, either, but actual, physical creations. He was a guy who moved currents.

In today's corporate world, which has such little regard for human welfare and dignity, I hesitate to put too much on the shoulders of a businessman. It's artists and thinkers and writers that typically earn the respect I think Jobs deserves. Still, despite whatever Apple's laundry list of questionable deeds will amount to over the years, I believe Jobs was much more than just a successful capitalist.

To borrow the closing quote from the above WIRED article:
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said. “Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
R.I.P. Steve.

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