I read this cartoon today. It’s true. There was something about Steve Jobs, highlighted by his death, that speaks to the heart of our culture right now. Certain symbolic qualities, thrown into high relief by the dismal state of our economy and the blah, blah, blahing of political maneuvering, seem to take on an even greater importance.
Rebellion. Simplicity. Art. Competence. Connectivity. Precision. Dreams.
Tributes are pouring in from every corner of the blogosphere. I’ve rounded up some of the art that is being generated, although I’m sure this is just the beginning – I”ll add to this post as I find more. My favorite of this grouping is the graffiti. Rebellious. Simple. Art.
“Picasso had a saying. He said, ‘Good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas and I think part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world.”
— Steve Jobs in PBS’s “Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires” (1996)