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FAIR: Steve Jobs and the Cult of the CEO

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Posted by The Editors [User Info] on December 9, 2011, 3:41 pm

Extra! December 2011

Steve Jobs and the Cult of the CEO
Like Da Vinci or the Dalai Lama—only better

By Peter Hart

Several labor unions came together on October 5 in support of the Occupy Wall Street protests, leading to a march of thousands in downtown Manhattan. Populist MSNBC host Ed Schultz was live on the scene—but devoted the top of his broadcast to the breaking news that Apple Computers founder Steve Jobs had just died.

It made for an incongruous TV moment: a labor-friendly host in front of a boisterous anti-corporate crowd, joining with Bloomberg pundit Jonathan Alter to pay tribute to a billionaire CEO.

“He was one of the great figures of American history,” explained Alter. Schultz added: “This protest here tonight, it was made possible by his innovation. It was made possible by the very things that, you know, he created.”

Schultz’s tribute was just the tip of the iceberg. “Steve Jobs remade the world as completely as any single human being ever has,” explained Lev Grossman and Harry McCracken in Time (10/17/11). “The genius of Jobs,” they went on, “is that while Jobs understood us completely, he wasn’t like us. He was better.”

“In the pantheon of American innovators, nobody comes close to the defining legacy of Steve Jobs,” wrote Harold Evans in Newsweek (10/10/11).

On television the hero worship was, if anything, deeper. ABC Nightline anchor Bill Weir (10/5/11) declared, “He was our Edison, our Disney, our Da Vinci.” That night’s broadcast was dedicated to “a visionary who changed the way we live, work and play, the man who gave us products we love and pointed the way to a future that he alone seemed able to see.”

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Posted by thiskneelingfool [User Info] [Email User] on December 9, 2011, 3:49 pm, in reply to "FAIR: Steve Jobs and the Cult of the CEO"

--Previous Message--
: Weir (10/5/11) declared, “He was our Edison,
: our Disney, our Da Vinci.” That night’s
: broadcast was dedicated to “a visionary who
: changed the way we live, work and play, the
: man who gave us products we love and pointed
: the way to a future that he alone seemed
: able to see.”

A world of privileged pointless indulgence complete with head-in-the-sand reality.

What about all the African lives lost in the mineral wars needed to manufacture Jobby's toys?

Yes, what a visionary!

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Posted by Hidari [User Info] on December 9, 2011, 6:22 pm, in reply to "FAIR: Steve Jobs and the Cult of the CEO"

It's not often pointed out enough that all, literally all, of the great innovations of computer era were made in the public sector. The mouse was invented by Douglas Engelbart at SRI as was the Wiki idea (indeed all groupware). Email was invented at MIT. The Internet was invented by the NSF. The web was invented at CERN. And so on.

Capitalists invented nothing.

http://killingsometimebeforetimekillsyou.blogspot.com/

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