When history happens, we are told that you’ll always remember where you were when you found out. I don’t think that will be the case with the death of Steve Jobs. Do I think his death is historical? Absolutely. He was undoubtedly one of the greatest innovators of our time. He was the modern DaVinci, if you will. And that is precisely why I think we won’t remember where we were when we found out about his death. Instead, we will remember how.
I found out about the Apple founder’s passing through, fittingly, an iPhone. My boyfriend got a text from his coworker and read it out loud. Immediately I picked up my MacBook Pro and pulled up the Internet to see if it was true. Naturally, Apple is my homepage, so immediately I saw their simple tribute that so perfectly fit with the Apple aesthetic that Mr. Jobs himself developed.
I know my story is not unique. I saw a statistic floating around on Twitter last night that said 50% of Americans would find out about Jobs’ death through an Apple product. Whether that be true or not, it is a statistic I don’t mind being a part of. Apple enthusiasts sometimes get a bad wrap for being hipsters or being brainwashed by the Apple brand. The brilliant Mac vs. PC commercials created a divide in modern culture that is almost as dynamic as the constant debate between Republicans and Democrats. But today, the morning after the death of such an iconic man, we are united as a society that has learned to love technology and is thankful for a man that brought innovation into all of our lives, regardless of if you consider yourself a Mac or PC.
The question is, what happens next? Who will be the next to step up and change the world? Steve Jobs left us with a challenge to live our own lives, think outside the box. Will we rise to the challenge? Or will we become complacent once #thankyousteve and #iSad is no longer trending?
Let’s hope that in years to come as we pick up our phones or open up our laptops we can continue to remember how these inventions came to be. Let’s hope we do not lose sight of the message Steve Jobs represented; that those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world usually are the ones who do. Let’s remember to push the boundaries and challenge the norm. Let’s remember Mr. Jobs’ most influential words:
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.