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Here at The Tartan, we are saddened by the death of a visionary person of our generation, Steve Jobs. Jobs created so many products of our time that have become a staple in our everyday life.
So many of us use Apple products and we don’t even truly think about the back-story of how we got the newest technology in our hands. Jobs’ death shocked the world and the people who use the products he made.
Everyone ran to social media to tweet and post statuses about his passing, using iPhones and Macs to check the latest news they’ve heard to see if it was true.
When you visited the Apple website, there was a solitary picture of Jobs with the year he was born and the year he passed. You could click on the picture of him and they had a statement about how Apple, Inc. had lost a visionary genius and the world has lost an amazing human being.
They also allowed you to email your thoughts and memories at email@example.com. Many newspapers came out with different headlines of “iSad” and “iMourn”; playing off of the Apple, Inc.’s ‘i’ series.
We take technology for granted at times and don’t appreciate the background about how it was made or who envisioned it. We live with the technology he created with simple elegance. His vision will be lived throughout Apple’s new creations.
People will still buy the latest Apple products even though he’s gone. We will tell our children about the first iPad and first iPhone, because we will still remember the legacy of our generation of technology.
Jobs’ was a legendary visionary of this lifetime and didn’t even graduate college. He dropped out of Reed College within 6 months and then just ended up popping in and out of creative classes.
One of his favorite classes he would pop into was the calligraphy class they offered; that class began his love for typography, which led to creating something bigger with typography. Jobs’ was only 21 when he created Apple Computers with Stephen Wozniak in the Jobs family’s garage.
Jobs did more during his ‘college’ years than most of us have done in our lifetimes. He gave us revolutionary technology and great tools for creativity. One of his famous quotes from his commencement speech he gave at Stanford University was “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”
We all can take from Jobs’ advice and stay hungry and stay foolish. We are all deeply heartbroken about his passing, but we can live through his work, keep buying Apple products, and live each day like it’s our last.