RIP Steve Jobs – How He Affected Arts and Culture

8 Oct

This week came a huge headline in the news that the once CEO of Apple and co-founder, Steve Jobs, sadly passed away. Anyone who knows me will say that I love Apple a bit too much and it’s been a great loss. Whilst this may be off topic to the topics of this blog I think he has some relevance due to the way in which this man has changed the world a number of times.

To start, this blog is written on my beautiful 13 inch MacBook Pro and sometimes on my ‘magical’ iPad. I listen to a lot of music on all of these devices as well as on the best gadget of all time, the iPod. Where would be without the iPod? I have no clue. This man has affected the way that we watch films, view TV shows, listen to music, buy tickets to the theatre and many other ways. Half of the stuff I do on this blog (meaning the stuff I talk about or review etc.) would not be possible without the true visionary genius that was Steve Jobs. These days we can download an app of a TV Channel and then we watch an episode of our favourite show. We can rent movies through various services on our Macs and then stream them to Apple TV. We can download songs with a push of a button and devour them on our iPods. There’s no question that this man changed the world.

It’s been a sad loss and I’d like to send my condolences to his wife and family in what must be a tough time. The man suffered from pancreatic cancer for a long time and was the cause of his death. He was only 55 years old and clearly had more to give to the world. RIP Steve. Remember, you’re probably reading this post because of him…

4 Responses to “RIP Steve Jobs – How He Affected Arts and Culture”

  1. colincarman October 8, 2011 at 5:49 pm #

    A moving elegy but aside from gadgetry, what was Jobs’ legacy? What were his humanitarian, social, and political commitments since, in a capitalistic society, we only venerate the titans of industry and only rarely those committed to social change?

    • tom phipps (@tomphipps) October 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm #

      I agree, it reflects on how we judge people’s achievements, as society changes. triple the amount of people posted on twitter and Facebook, about Steve jobs dying, than Lucian Freud. who gave us the Freudian slip, analysis of dreams, and of course Freudianism. As opposed to, the Ipad.

      • aculturedlad October 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm #

        Hmm, not sure that I can say I agree here. Firstly, I think the reason that Jobs got a lot of attention online was because the was related to the internet and the online world and had such a fierce impact on it. Second, Lucian Freud was the artist. Didn’t Sigmund Freud discover the Freudian slip? Whilst the iPod is just a simple gadget it’s changed the world along with his other creations. Whether you like it or not, we think of the world differently because of him and his gadgets.

    • aculturedlad October 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

      Thanks for the comment!

      Whilst he may not have done much in a political aspect he certainly changed the world. Whether you like it or not, he has. The way we think of things has been changed because of him and the world would not have been the same without him. The may only be gadgets but a lot of things wouldn’t be possible without them.

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