When the announcement came out that Steve Jobs had passed away, I think the first moment was shock at how sudden it seemed to have happened. The second moment was realizing who we had lost.
Jobs was, truly, the Dumbledore of our time.
In one of the first chapters of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Albus Dumbledore is introduced when Harry receives the wizard’s trading card in a Chocolate Frog.
If you’re not equipped with a pair of omnioculars, here’s what it says:
“Considered by many the greatest wizard of modern times, Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragons blood, and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicolas Flamel. Professor Dumbeldore enjoys chamber music and ten-pin bowling.”
Steve Jobs deserves a similar card. I imagine it would say something like this:
Best known for his creation of technology company Apple, Jobs had a hand in every aspect of modern mankind’s life, from music to telephones to kids’ movies. His greatest achievement by far was the creation of the Macintosh computer system, which forever changed the way journalists, designers and other professionals would do their jobs. Jobs enjoyed Eastern mysticism and black turtlenecks.
Everything above is true. His creation of the iPod and iTunes forever changed the way we listen to music, just as his hand in cellular phone technology forced the rest of the communications world to evolve. Jobs also changed the cinematic world when he helped prop up Pixar studios, which has since garnered multiple Academy Award nominations and wins for their animated pictures. According to his online biography, when he was young, he had a fascination with Eastern mysticism during his “hippy period.” And who could forget those black turtlenecks?
When Dumbledore dies (GAH! SPOILER!) in The Half-Blood Prince, he still inspires Harry, Ron and Hermione to move forward with the mission he left them. Tim Cook will continue making Apple products the way Jobs would have wanted them; sleek, innovative and out of this world.
We just have to put in our white earbuds, log onto our Macbooks and keep living the magic Jobs left behind.
BlogHer.com had a wonderful piece written by Melissa Ford using this same metaphor, but I didn’t read it until after writing this piece.