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05 October 2011

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.



Anonymous CorkyAgain said...

While he will certainly be missed, Steve Jobs wasn't single-handedly responsible for the great products coming from Apple.

If whoever is running the company now has the good sense to listen to people like Jonathan Ive, for example, and also be as diligent in the pursuit of excellence, we can expect the company to continue along the same lines Jobs would have taken it.

October 05, 2011 10:57 PM  
Blogger ziel said...

That will be an interesting thing to watch. Unfortunately it will unwind really slowly - if Jobs's loss is indeed devastating we probably won't know for 5 to 10 years.

October 06, 2011 7:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you being facetious? At first I thought you definitely were but after re-reading, I'm not so sure. Yeah, the guy did come up with some very good products but you couldn't seriously be comparing those to what those other guys contributed. I mean, the Ipod vs relativity? The Ipad vs the light bulb? OK, gotta be sarcasm.

October 08, 2011 11:16 AM  
Blogger ziel said...

The irony wasn't really aimed at Jobs, but at the fecklessness of our age - that all our advancements are incremental improvements to technologies that existed 70 years ago or stem from micro-processors. For whatever reason, the only household name we have among the tinkerer class is Jobs, and now who?

October 09, 2011 9:56 PM  
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