Today the Internet mourns the loss of perhaps its most prominent spiritual leader, Apple founder Steve Jobs. Across old media and new, wide-ranging obits, photos and the tiniest of tweets, the tributes to the man that brought the world iStuff number in the millions. Here are a few of my favourites, so far.
At The New Yorker, Ken Auletta gives a refreshingly saccharine-free look at Jobs and his influence, writing: “Jobs was not a great human being, but he was a great, transformative, and historical figure. Many books were dashed off describing what a tyrannical person Jobs could be—how he took the parking spaces of the handicapped, how he reduced employees to tears. Those tales will fade like yesterday’s newspapers. What will stand erect like an indestructible monument are the things Steve Jobs created that changed our lives.”
Auletta also points to the above video, Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement speech, as the “Gettysburg Address of graduation-speechism,” and he’s probably right. Look for it to figure prominently in the inevitable Hollywood biopic.
For a break from the usual obit-style rehashing of Jobs’ life, check out this interactive piece on The New York Times that takes a fascinating look at all 317 patents that list Steven P. Jobs among the group of inventors.
Walter Mossberg at AllThingsD has written a more personal tribute, about the many meetings and personal conversations he had with Jobs over the years, including the time he got Jobs to share a stage with Bill Gates for a joint interview, providing a brief glimpse of the man behind the iMyth.
Speaking of the iMyth, CNN has put together a greatest-hits video chronicling Jobs’ wizard-like salesmanship at the major Apple product launch events throughout the years.
Also worth checking out are the short-but-sweet tributes from Apple and President Obama. But perhaps the best way to remember Jobs, his impact and his unique approach is to watch the 1997 ad that set the tone for what Apple aimed to be.