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Wednesday, October 03, 2012
Steve Jobs said this in 1983:
"Apple’s strategy is really simple. What we want to do is we want to put an incredibly great computer in a book that you can carry around with you and learn how to use in 20 minutes. That’s what we want to do and we want to do it this decade," says Jobs. "And we really want to do it with a radio link in it so you don’t have to hook up to anything and you’re in communication with all of these larger databases and other computers."
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Wednesday, November 02, 2011
Mark Altrogge offers a good response.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Mike Cosper with a good reflection on technology and culture. He writes:
Sometimes, Christians with a sympathetic view of culture (like myself) have a tendency to treat it all---including technology---as though it were neutral, but this isn't the case. Like all of creation, the technological world bears witness to God's glory and goodness with its undoubted helpfulness, its moments of beauty, and its occasional ability to inspire awe. But also like all of creation, it bears the stain and destructive power of sin, introducing us to whole new ways to destroy relationships, disrupt our lives, and distract from the glory we were created to behold.Read the rest.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
CNN Belief Blog:
Make no mistake about it, the veneration we are seeing in the aftermath of Jobs’ death is religious through and through - not “kinda” religious, or “pseudo” religious,” or “mistakenly” religious, but a genuine expression for many of heartfelt sacred sentiments of loss and glorification.Read the rest.
It is not tied to any institution like a church or to any discrete tradition like Buddhism; it is, instead, tied to a religious culture that will only grow in significance and influence in the years ahead: the cult of celebrity.
As more and more people move away from conventional religions and identify as “nones” (those who choose to claim “no religion” in polls and surveys), celebrity worship and other cultural forms of sacred commitment and meaning will assume an even greater market share of the spiritual marketplace.
In life Jobs may have been something of an enigma who maintained his privacy and generally stayed out of the public limelight. In death, Jobs now is an immortal celebrity whose life story, incredible wealth, familiar visage, and igadgets will serve as touchstones for many searching for meaningful gods and modes of transcendence.
It has been said that death is the great equalizer - rich and poor, successes and failures, the powerful and the disempowered cannot escape the one inevitable fact of human existence.
Jobs and other celebrities cannot escape this reality, but unlike you and me, they live on in the memories of fans and followers and become guiding lights in the mundane darkness of our ordinary lives.
Monday, October 10, 2011
A former employee writes well about memories of Steve and what he learned:
Like many of us, I’ve been thinking a lot about Steve Jobs the last few days — thinking about the man and his legacy. I’ve been having some trouble even understanding the way I feel, let alone being able to put it into words. Lots of folks have asked me what I think, and have been surprised that I haven’t tweeted or blogged about it yet. So here’s a first shot.Read the rest.
I’m finding my feelings to be pretty complex, which I guess isn’t too surprising given who he was. But for a man I’ve never met, I’m a little surprised about how much of my thinking he’s affected, and how many competing feelings I’ve got.
But some of them are pretty simple.
Thursday, October 06, 2011
I once read somewhere a music icon’s grief over the memorial tributes at the Grammy Awards. Somewhere along the way in the reward ceremony, people who have died in the music business are projected on a screen with appropriately sad, but hopeful music. These are always nice tributes, the author states, except for the applause.Read the rest.
People only really clap when someone famous is on the screen. And this all struck the author as something dead serious. They were not clapping for the person who died, they were clapping for their fame.
I can’t help but think of all this at the out-pouring of grief over Steve Jobs. Our memorializing is not real grief or care for Jobs and his family. But our grief is a tribute to what we all worship: the ability to change the world. We don’t care about Jobs. (how could we, unless we knew him?). We love what he accomplished. He was deemed worthy of the secular calling to change the world and was rewarded with power, fame, and riches.
He is I-conic now. Not just because he made great products, built a great business, or had people hanging on his every product launch. He is the patron saint of those who want to change the world and be recognized for doing so. All this reveals a great vacuousness of the human spirit.
His conclusion to a great article:
Christians cannot leave the matter where the secular world will settle on Steve Jobs’ legacy. The secular conversation will evade questions of eternal significance, but Christians cannot. As is the case with so many kings, rulers, inventors, leaders, and shapers of history, Christians can learn from Steve Jobs and even admire many of his gifts and contributions. Yet, we must also observe what is missing here.Read the rest.
I am writing this essay on an Apple laptop computer. I am listening to the strains of Bach playing from my iPad via an AirPort Express. My iPhone sits on my desk, downloading a new App from iTunes. Steve Jobs has invaded my life, my house, my office, my car, and my desktop — and I am thankful for all of these technologies.
But unerring taste, aesthetic achievement, and technological genius will not save the world. Christians know what the world does not — that the mother tending her child, the farmer planting his crops, the father protecting his family, the couple faithfully living out their marital vows, the factory worker laboring to support his family, and the preacher preparing to preach the Word of God are all doing far more important work.
We have to measure life by its eternal impact, even as we are thankful for every individual who makes this world a better place. But, don’t expect eternal impact to be the main concern of the business pages.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
From Steve Job's commencement speech at Stanford:
(HT: Darryl Dash)
For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: "If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?" And whenever the answer has been "No" for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.I love this quote, but I doubt my grandparents ever asked this question and I doubt that most people in the world today have the ability to even comprehend this question. That doesn't mean that all of us shouldn't pursue it. It's just to say that for some it will be much easier than others. We should be careful to not look down on those who don't have the resources to muster the kind of self-creation that Steve Jobs has. As as people of God, we should be more than willing to help those in those challenging situations to rise out of them. But I sure am thankful that Steve had those resources, motivation, and privilege as I type this on my MacBook Pro!
Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
(HT: Darryl Dash)