The world mourned the death of Steve Jobs, the driving force of Apple Inc, the digital juggernaut that has revolutionized the way we do everything. It feels like a lifetime ago when we would scourer the racks at the local music store for the latests CDs or tapes. Now with just a click of a button, you got Watch the Throne and 4…for free. With the advent of itunes and ipods paired with mp3′s, the music industry was upended forcing them to switch their whole format up. Cartoons went from bland 2d old-style animation to computer generated images (CGI) that were textured and lifelike. Could you imagine if Toy Story looked like Bambi? His technology made Pixar possible. From Mac Books to iPhones, Job has touched every corner of pop culture.
The fashion forward and customized aesthetic made the Apple an icon. He took away the clunk and made technology cool with sleek thin design and colors. The translucent Apple has become ubiquitous all over the globe, and the world of art and entertainment is forever changed by it.
More than just a CEO, Jobs came to be a mogul by way of humble beginnings.Born to a Syrian father and white mother he was put up for adoption at birth and raised in the middle class suburbs of San Fransciso. A genius since his early childhood, in the fourth grade his middle school wanted him to skip to the ninth, but his parents wouldn’t allow it. The challenge and support he had as a child was for no idle cause. He understood the importance of education and mentorship.
“I really believe in equal opportunity. It to me more than anything means a great education. But it pains me because we do know how to provide a great education, but we fall far short of doing that. I know from my own education that if I hadn’t encountered two or three individuals like Mrs. Hill in the fourth grade and a few others that spent extra time with me, I’m sure I would have ended up in jail. When you’re young, a little bit of course correction goes a long way.”
Although his intellectual ability was off the charts, he forego the traditional route of academia dropping out of college after the very first semester and going to India for spiritual enlightenment in 1973. He returned a Buddhist and founded Apple in 1976, bringing with him a vision of the future were human beings created a bond with their gadgets and information was always at your fingertips.
Jobs leaves behind a legion of faithful Mac users who’d rather unplug from the matrix than use a PC in it. He’s left a monumental impression on the planet and we’ll benefit from his contributions for generations to come.
May he Rest in Peace.