Steve Jobs: An Enemy of Nostalgia?

Friday, October 14, 2011

This past week saw an outpouring of grief around the country for Apple founder Steve Jobs, who died of pancreatic cancer last Wednesday. Jobs is remembered as a visionary who changed how we use technology every day. That commercial announcing the launch of Apple's Macintosh played off of George Orwell's "1984" and presented Apple as an iconoclast. But in recent New York Times Op-Ed argues that today there's no company that looks more like the Big Brother of that commercial than Apple itself.

Mike Daisey is an author and performer, and author of the Op-Ed.


Mike Daisey

Comments [3]

Angel from Miami, FL

I was reminded of Job's genius as I helped my father transfer his 200 contacts from an old iphone to a new one. We couldn't do it without downloading an app built by an independent programmer. Imagine not being able to change your car's tires without buying a separate lug wrench first. Steve Jobs was a marketing genius. But a visionary? There's nothing less visionary than pulling customers into a monopoly.

The next real visionary will be someone who creates a system that accomodates people, and not the reverse.

Oct. 17 2011 10:01 AM

Consider the absence of heartfelt tributes to Dennis Ritchie, who helped invent the C programming language and Unix operating system. These inventions were shared throughout the technological community, not commodified. Nothing against Apple's wonderful devices, but it goes to show that the grief over Jobs was more about people's relationship with the brand and their devotion to gadgets.

Oct. 14 2011 12:28 PM
Paul from Syosset, NY

The Simpsons already made reference to the Big Brother character in their episode with Lisa and her difficulties with "Mapple."

Oct. 14 2011 09:00 AM

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