March 22, 2013
jOBS has been Postponed
Can you believe it? A biography of this generation’s most influential man has been indefinitely postponed until a later date. Actually, I’m not surprised at all.
The late Steve Jobs left us almost two years ago on October 5th, 2011 after battling Metastatic Insulinoma for some years. Although some consider Jobs to be one of the most pretentious tools to walk the face of the Earth, the man’s legacy still stands as the founding of dozens of generations in computer technology.
Jobs was the product of single parent homes and orphan geniuses in America. No, those things don’t outright determine the future or work ethic of an individual. However, we must take from his early years that an idea in your garage is as good as it is in the boardroom, the key difference being what man is pitching it. Steve Jobs was that man.
Revolutionizing computer technology as a casual icon in the American home, introducing a new way to enjoy our favorite music on the go, designing the Mac computer to be visually and technically unique; all of these listed are accomplishments. Yes, we can look back on Steve Jobs’ career and call him eccentric, maniacal, intensely liberal, and finally subjective. Behind those same descriptions we can call him conventional, intellectual, conveniently conservative, and finally objective.
Well rounded, yet not exactly whole.
Steve Jobs struggled with his own interpretation of family, which might have stemmed from his not knowing his father all too well. While most call the actions of his younger years unforgivable, I can contend that Jobs wasn’t quite ready for what having a family meant.
In short, Jobs lived a very complicated and strange life. He bought the newer model of the same car every six months to avoid license plates by California state law. His original aspiration was to become a Buddhist monk. Of course, as most graphics designers might know (especially if you’re on Mac), Jobs was obsessed with type fonts and calligraphy.
Such a unique (and strange) individual couldn’t possibly be kept out of Hollywood, even in death. So, not many of us were surprised when we saw that a biography was to be filmed in memory of Jobs, aptly entitled jOBS.
Go figure, eh?
Perhaps even more ridiculous than the film’s name was that Ashton Kutcher was set to play Steve Jobs. Could Hollywood get any more typical with the type casting?
My gripe with the film wasn’t towards Steve Jobs personally, nor was it to Kutcher’s appearance, but to the title. The title spoke more words to me in one minute that a single minute of the sneak peak of that film failed to do. The name was obnoxious, almost parodying the man’s name, as if he were the main focus of Apple.
To better illustrate my point, you need only take a look at Pirates of Silicon Valley. Most people my age can’t be bothered with remembering what they ate for breakfast this morning (if they did), but to tech junkies, that film illustrated perfectly the lives and stature of both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Even better, it didn’t try in desperation to praise them both as if they were visionaries; they weren’t! They were college dropouts with street knowledge about how to appeal to businessman and computer manufacturers.
The damn title of the movie practically says everything that we could summarize the movie about.
I digress. jOBS has been indefinitely postponed until a later date fo. Until then, I’d love to hear your thoughts the subject.
Image Credit: Open Road Films