Steve Jobs, Uniquely American

Few events in recent years have moved me as much as the untimely death of Steve Jobs.  The wall-to-wall media coverage and the multiplying testimonials suggest others share my sentiments. He was his generation’s Henry Ford or its Walt Disney: a technological innovator who built a corporation, and  was not just a successful marketer but one whose marketing both embodied and drove broader social and cultural change. And like Ford and Disney, the democratic spirit of his creations was uniquely American. He was not himself as technically adept as Steve Wozniak, and he did not invent the personal computer, but he had the vision to see if they were to be truly personal, they had to be easy to use.  He possessed, moreover, the drive to go out and sell, and the genius to realize that democracy of use had to be embodied in a style, a form, and a substance that preserved the magic inherent in all machines.

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