Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Steve Jobs passed away this morning. I was in my car driving to work and listening to some sad songs from Antony & The Johnsons when the terrible news popped-up on my iPhone. I felt overwhelmed with sadness.

Simply put : Steve Jobs has put the promises of the future in the palm of our hands. In a world saturated with technology, he will be remembered as the person who has harnessed it, changing the silicium of electronics into the gold of social objects.

Hypertextual has already paid tribute to Steve’s visionary genius, that was back in February when Steve stepped down as Apple CEO. He was the icon of our revolutionary times. No one embodies as much as he did what Richard Florida calls the Creative Ethos, the gist of the creativity of our times. He has changed the world and this is a terrible loss.



  1. “Steve Jobs, the pioneer of the computer as a jail made cool, designed to sever fools from their freedom, has died.

    As Chicago Mayor Harold Washington said of the corrupt former Mayor Daley, “I’m not glad he’s dead, but I’m glad he’s gone.” Nobody deserves to have to die – not Jobs, not Mr. Bill, not even people guilty of bigger evils than theirs. But we all deserve the end of Jobs’ malign influence on people’s computing.

    Unfortunately, that influence continues despite his absence. We can only hope his successors, as they attempt to carry on his legacy, will be less effective.”

    Richard Stallman

  2. Hi Roberto, thanks for your comment.

    Richard Stallman is a great figure of open source software.

    #hypertextual has already written about Apple, Geeks and their divorce when the iPad was launched.

    What Stallmann can’t see is that some people using computers are not hackers and have no desire whatsoever to write a single line of code and to hack the system. They just want to have a fully integrated experience. If people were waiting for hackers to have great product they could wait forever.

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