We all have our rock stars

Written by dermdaly on August 25th, 2011

It was interesting to watch how twitter lit up around midnight. I’d reckon that about 90% of my twitter stream was made up of people’s thoughts on the fact that Steve Jobs has resigned.

It was overwhelmingly positive; There’s the odd mention that people should get some perspective, or leftfield swipes at the fanboys (fanbois?), but generally it was people wanting to thank Steve Jobs for the products that have made a change to their lives.

I understand that many see these tweets as pointless, or out of kilter with worse events going on around the world, but I understand it.

You see, different people have different heroes. Your heroes change throughout your lives; I know a girl who cried when Ayrton Senna was tragically killed, many weeped over Robbie being ejected from Take That; the tears of joy flowed when ‘King Kenny’ returned to Liverpool.

The point is this; we laud individuals because of talent. We build our heroes because of their talent.

– Driving Formula 1 Cars.
– Singing Pop Songs to 50,000 people at a time.
– Scoring goals, then being an even better leader off the pitch.
and even
– Making great products, that for some unknown reason, the owners don’t just like, they love.

So. When Steve Jobs announced his resignation, great software developers, brilliant designers, gadget lovers, techies..us…We felt the need to say thanks.

I’m not gonna apologise for that.

Comments (5)

Graham says:

Mature and thoughtful post. Totally agree. Also, suggested alternative title, “Steve Jobs, my Robbie Williams”.

Conor says:

Great post Dermot. Steve Jobs and Apple have had a profound effect on my life and that’s no understatement. From my first iPod all those years ago there was no looking back. Steve Jobs, his vision and his team are why I am where I am and I do what I do. Astounding.

Sasha says:

Just the other day I flooded my facebook and twitter stream with my thanks and tribute to a politician I admire, who died earlier this week. I don’t feel as strongly about Steve Jobs leaving Apple, so my stream will probably stay silent on the matter. But I admire the man greatly, and understand why he is a rockstar to so many.

On the other hand, I feel very strongly about the capability of mobile phones to power political and economic change, and Steve had a lot to do with that. So maybe I will be marking this day with my own thanks, after all.

Tommy Weir says:

Well said Dermot. For me, it’s not just about products.

Jobs transformed culture, and for the better. Not only how it’s made but also how it’s distributed and enjoyed arund the world. I’d argue that he shepherded in a consumer relationship with software which is truly transformative, his signature is written below the coming century.

its a very great great and sensible post Dermot, i liked reading it

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