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Around the world, the gnashing of teeth and tearing of clothes has greeted the sad news of Steve Jobs’ untimely death at fifty-six. However, like Christ, the deity to Whom the Silicon Valley innovator is most often compared, Jobs leaves behind a devoted and cult-like movement composed of individuals each of whom is convinced that only he or she is the recipient of the true message.
Of death, Jobs said, “If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” This statement has caused no small amount of confusion among His disciples, causing factions to form based on the varying interpretations of Jobs’ Word. “We await the great 2.0,” says one apostle, “On which Steve will return to us, bringing the OS that will set us free.” Others believe this message to be purely symbolic, expressing Jobs’ wish that acolytes continue to spend money on Apple products long after His own iTunes account had been deleted.
This is a difficult, lonely time for those people who appreciate how others appreciate their tastes, be they orthodox or reformed. These lost souls can take some comfort from the wondrous relics Jobs has left behind, and draw warm consolation from the knowledge that the uproariously funny David Sedaris is still doing his thing.
Not to mention how the news is a sharp rebuke to Pres Obama, who is trying for all he is worth to produce jobs, jobs, and more jobs. Is it a divine frown on his plans that even Steve Jobs has died?
You might have noticed Joe Queenan in the weekend WSJ lamenting that America desparately needs a folk hero these days, but there’s not many possibilities. Oprah? Lady Gaga? Beggars can’t be choosers. Hell, he’d even take the guy in the Ford commercials.
Could Steve Jobs fill the bill?
I love this, PT!, wonderful job.
Mike Rowe is the guy in the Ford commercials. At least he has a nice voice, and he’s not just easy on the eyes, he’s rather hot.:)
We must not watch enough TV, because–for the first time EVER–we’re completely clueless (the second time if you count Josh Duhamel–which we definitely do not.).
It’s a great handicap in life….not watching enough TV.