No More Cool Stuff
Alas, the great advances we rightfully anticipated in the wake of the wonders of post-war America never really materialized - with the exception of all that cool stuff that Mr. Jobs dreamed up for us. I actually never bought an Apple product, but their mind-blowing coolness never failed to impress. So will a pall of (relative) stagnation now be cast across this sector - the 'cool-stuff' sector - as it has across everything else? Does Jobs's untimely passing forebode an even darker future than we might have expected? I can't think of any one else whose death would have such an impact. Across the globe, Steve Jobs was surely the MVP - most valuable person. Everyone else is replaceable. Edison, Bell, Ford, Einstein, Darwin, Galton - the giants of the 19th and early 20th century - they were all old men when they died, well past their prime. It's like some cruel, cosmic joke that the one genius of our era - the one guy we could count on with a vision that none of us could comprehend and the ability to see those visions thru - should be taken away so casually with many years of his gifts yet to come.