|A Propos Steve Jobs
||[Jun. 12th, 2019|04:26 pm]
Steve Jobs, whose biography I've nearly finished, started off as a revolutionary and ended as an autocrat- only that's a very superficial view of the case because he was the same man all the way through. He had a vision and pursued it and went through life going "My way, not your way"- and the only difference between young Jobs and old(er) Jobs was that one lacked power and the other possessed it.|
The revolutionary and the autocrat are the same person in different phases of his/her existence. Every autocrat (except for those born to it) was a revolutionary once. The revolutionary attacks the established order because it's not his order and the autocrat enforces it because it is.
Incidentally, I've never owned an Apple product. iPhones, iPads- I've only the vaguest notion what they're for and what they do.
2019-06-12 04:30 pm (UTC)
I really detest anything apple. Nothing to do with Steve Jobs, more with it catering to a) those who think they are super hip/artsy and b) those who are too stupid/slow/lazy to actually learn to use an operating system. Back in 1983 when I earned a living as a trade fair interpreter and hostess, I got a job for one of the first computer fairs, since I was one of the few women who knew how to use a computer and do stuff with it. I cannot even express my bewilderment when the client sat me in front of one of the first apple computers - I think it was Lisa, but I could be wrong - and full of pride wanted to show me all the wonderful things it did. I found it childish and silly as an instrument and did not hold back my opinion and it was really one of the hardest fair jobs I ever had to fake enthusiasm for this plaything and show it to the people at the fair - most of them being equally WTF about it all. Only at the weekend, when the non-tech visitors came in, there were many ahs and ohs when I demonstrated the MOUSE! And the DESKTOP!
Me and my colleague, a Dutch IT student, probably hurt something in our eyes that weekend because of the continuous rolling going on.
Well, that was Jobs' vision- to create tech that was (a) beautifully designed and (b) simple to use. I guess he succeeded.
At last, someone else who has some levity in thinking.
Actually, I've read a few of your posts, and have not yet decided to add you yet. So maybe you piss me off in other respects. We shall see.
Note: An actual thing happens to the rich, which is a kind of expansive narcissism and blindness. This is not to say that a lot of the poor do not have their own kind of narcissism - although it may be more connecting to things like sneakers and survival, eh.
Jobs was an American a-hole. Fuck yeah! ughhhhh......
I've taken the bull by the horns and friended you. Seems like we have a fair bit in common. It would be odd if we agreed about everything.
We'll do that.
I am very out-there, by British standards, but hopefully you have a little Celt in your blood.
It's possible. My maternal ancestry is solidly English but my paternal ancestry is a mystery.