Should You Know Steve Jobs?

(This is not an anti-Apple or anti-Steve Jobs post. Read further to know what it is about.)

On the day Steve Jobs passed away, the whole Internet was flooded with sentiments of his untimely demise. Everyone who has a Google+ account, a Facebook account, a Twitter account, or simply read news/blogs on the Internet knows about this.

Apparently, he is not as popular as many thought him to be. With the news of his death, a number of people were asking, “Who was Steve Jobs?” Unfortunately, these people who did not know Steve Jobs were mocked, laughed at and called ignorant. For what? For simply not having heard of the name – Steve Jobs? Do you even know half of the CEOs – former or incumbent – of the worlds Fortune 500 companies? Do you have a responsibility to be aware and to know the names of these leaders of companies that are supposedly changing the world? I don’t think so.

Just as practically everybody knows about the Santa Claus story for certain cultures or religions, it does not hold true for the rest of the world who hold a different belief or do not celebrate Christmas. Do we mock people who don’t know Santa Claus? We certainly do not. (I’m trying to make this as less a religious example as much as possible, and although Santa Claus is tied to Christianity, the Western World more or less is at least familiar with the fat guy in a red suit.)

Should you know who Steve Jobs was?

The answer is a big NO. What Steve Jobs has contributed to the world of computing is spectacular. I don’t need to discuss it here because I am sure you know. The thing is, while he may have introduced fantastic things into the computing world, is he the only one to have done so?

A lot of people say the computing world would not be the same if not for what the man has done. I disagree. I am sure that if it were not him, history would have spewed out another man who would have done the same things. It would all have been a mater of time. The trend was going there, or at least ideas already existed before the first actual touch screen phones came out.

Regardless, that is not the whole argument of this post. It is about people laughing at others and calling them morons for not being familiar with the name – Steve Jobs. Shame on you!

Be that as it may, there is no denying that the man was a marketing, style and brand genius. I thank him for sharing his ideas to the world and inspiring others to do the same or make it even better.

May you Rest In Peace Mr. Steve Jobs.

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Notice: This article was published on October 8, 2011 and the content above may be out of date.