Steve Jobs, Romantic

At O'Reilly Radar, Doug Hill with a worthy read on the late Apple CEO: "I’d like to talk here about a spirit that Jobs carried within himself. It’s a spirit he relied on for inspiration, although he seemed at times to have lost track of its whisper. In any event, what it says can tell us a lot about our relationship to machines. I refer to the spirit of Romanticism. I spent much of this past summer reading about the Romantics — the original Romantics, that is, of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries — and it’s remarkable how closely their most cherished beliefs correspond to principles that Jobs considered crucial to his success at Apple."


  1. Like that time Keats made Coleridge justify what he did for the company, and fired him because the answer wasn’t good enough.

  2. If I never read another panegyric dedicated to Jobs it will be too soon. I expect deification is just around the corner.

  3. In Bob Cringely’s interview for the ‘Triumph of the Nerds’ doc, he asked Jobs what was so special about Apple.

    Jobs came out with the same thing he was obsessed with for years: proportionally spaced fonts. Microsoft, he claimed, wouldn’t have bothered with those unless Apple showed the way.

    Given that when the Xerox PARC team was carved up between Redmond and Cupertino, Gates nabbed Charles Simonyi, co-inventor of WYSIWYG, who would go on to oversee the creation of MS Office, the idea that only Apple knew or cared about typography is ridiculous.

  4. Remember that time Lord Byron made Wordsworth write all that poetry and then he turned around and sold it for a hefty profit? Then he lied to Wordsworth about how much money he got.

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