Steve Jobs passed at October 5, 2011. I found out in the evening. I felt very strange and sad. Steve has made such an impact on myself and so many others, despite the fact most of us have never even laid eyes on him.
The next day at school, you could feel it in the air, people were upset up Steve’s passing. During our audience analysis class, we watched a tribute to Steve, with highlights of his career. There were a few tears in the room.
Some may think it sounds silly to say things such as this about a man who had a company worth billions, but I would not be in the iMedia Program if it was not for this man. I am sure many of my classmates would agree.
Without Apple’s innovation, the media landscape may not be changing so dramatically. The iPod started it all. You could carry your music in your pocket! The iPhone has been a major game changer. It has changed the way we get our information. I do not use a phonebook any more, I just look it up on my phone. The iPad is changing the landscape even more. Goodbye print magazines? All of the gadgets Apple has introduced have changed the iMedia landscape. For that I am greatful.
Many tributes to Steve have poped up all over the place. One that I really like is by the New York Times. They had readers submit photos and memories of Steve. It has come together really nicely in a Flash gallery. You can click on images to enlarge them and read the tribute. It is nice to see a media outlet as large as the NY Times let their users contribute.
The New York Times uses Flash a lot in very sophisticated ways, but this simple reader tribute hit home. Here is another tributes to checkout, Steve Jobs’ timeline,
And so, I leave you with this:
“[Y]ou can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”
— Stanford University commencement address, June 2005.