Friday, October 07, 2011

Silly

A bit of rhetorical excess in funeral orations for the interesting dead can hardly be faulted, but contrary to Slate and Farad Manjoo, Steve Jobs was not "The Man Who Invented Our World." He did bring a remarkable esthetic sense to technology, and that has been hugely influential, but the cummulative effect of that style is not really on the same scale with the truly epochal inventions like the transistor, the computer, the integrated circuit, the internet, and the web.

There is some danger that letting the hype inflate to "Princess Diana" levels will confuse people into thinking that Jobs was as artificial and insubstantial a creation as that princess. Transforming technology into art - an art for the masses - was not a small accomplishment. Let's celebrate him for what he was, not for things that he wasn't.