Remembering an Innovator: Mixmaster Talk Steve Jobs Impact
While I got a chance to post my favorite ad last night amidst the onslaught of RIP tweets, other Mixmaster contributors affected by the Apple life wanted the opportunity to share as well.
Their thoughts after the jump:Jayme Rutledge:
Steve Jobs: A Haiku Steve Jobs, we mourn you
My iPod is a Gen 2
D'you dream of iSheep?
At this point, Apple has completely supported everything creative I've ever done. Stayed up late in college editing ridiculous film school movies on an Apple, wrote my first ridiculous book on an Apple, and was employed for three years by a company basically run with Apple in its blood. So, in many, supportive ways, Apple has been a lifelong Swiss Army knife.
Goodbye, Steve. Thanks for changing the world.
Yesterday, on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, the world became a little less of a brighter place as we lost this generation's most brilliant and influential innovator and thinker.
I was reminded of a film quote yesterday upon hearing this tragic news. "If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely...a legend."
Steve Jobs devoted his entire life to the ideal of thinking differently. Not thinking outside the box but rather redefining what the box was entirely. You know what you'd get if you searched "status quo" in Spotlight on Steve Job's personal Mac? "No results found." Because that term didn't exist to Steve Jobs. He was proof that Punk Rock wasn't dead. A true revolutionary. And because of what he did in just his short-lived life of 56 years, he helped us also to not only think differently...but dream differently...and do differently. No matter what field you're in, I would bet all my Apple products that Steve changed in some fashion the way you do what you do. It's impossible to look around, no matter where you are, and not see something that he created, influenced, or changed. He allowed us quite literally to have the world at our fingertips.
A colleague of mine, local film critic Peter Martin, tweeted last night "That the death of someone I never knew in person can have such a deep effect on me speaks volumes about the world we live in today." And Peter's sincere sentiment is exactly correct. It speaks volumes in that it is difficult on this day (and many more following) to find someone who is not deeply affected by Steve's passing...because it is he who shaped that very world we live in today. As President Obama eloquently put it "There may be no greater tribute to Steve's success than the fact that much of the world learned of his passing on a device he invented." You said it Pres...
We all have our own stories of how Steve's inventions have deeply effected our lives. For me - a former Apple employee of 5 years who is honored still to have served while Steve was CEO and was fortunate enough to train in Cupertino at The Mothership during this time - I was wholeheartedly saddened by the news of Steve's passing. Distraught is more like it. In my car this morning, I honestly just started to tear up a bit when what we have really lost sank in deep. And frankly, that sadness turned to anger. Angry that someone so gifted and so impactful could be taken with half of his life unlived in the same world where evil, destructive people live theirs healthy and in entirety. This is the part of life that will never make sense and will be eternally unanswered...unless they make an app for that.
But angry to the point of dwelling on life's riddles is not what a time like this is for. It is a time to celebrate the truly revolutionary things that Steve Jobs did in his short time here on Earth. He connected us. He changed the way we communicate. He changed the way we work, live, and play. He changed personal computing. He changed the music industry. He changed the film industry. He changed technology. He changed everything. But most importantly...above all...Steve Jobs provided us the tools to continue to change the world that he changed himself. So that we could use them to create and inspire others to do just that: "think different."