Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Moment of Quiet for Steve Jobs

I don't pretend to be a tech geek. I'm not. I'm not a luddite, but I definitely have to be spoon fed to be kept on the curve.

But I was on Twitter when the news hit of Steve Jobs's death. I saw how it trickled into the public consciousness, and then poured. I couldn't really think of anything to say then. I still don't really think I can now.


And this morning, I woke up to a full-on monsoon. Feeds filled with quotes and pictures and videos and messages, people trying to grasp what they can out of this tragic loss. Stories of people going to Apple stores around the globe and leaving flowers and apples and candles.

I'm tired of writing these things. I'm tired of writing them because too many great people have been dying. But I guess that is the way of the world. I guess that what it means to grow older and to have heroes – it means having to outlive them.


There is not much left to say but this: Here was a man who saw a vision of the future and had the talent to see it to fruition. Here was a man who believed so strongly in human life and ingenuity that he wanted our technology to reflect us, to intuit us, to help us create. Here was a man that didn't want to just give us the means to get things done, but who wanted to inspire us to do them, who wanted to make it easy and a joy to interact.

Perhaps the biggest testament to his work is in the collective outpouring of the global community, wanting to share everything from inspirational quotes to personal statements to "I hate cancer" to #iSad. People want to tell other people how this touches them, even if trivial, and they're doing it on the networks he helped facilitate, on devices he helped engineer. He pushed us further into the bold future of technology than perhaps anyone before him, in an all too brief 56 years.

So yes. I hate cancer, #iSad, RIP Steve Jobs. You were a visionary in a time when they feel in short supply, and you will be missed.


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