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Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Playwrights and poets currently garner more cultural prestige than innovative computer makers, but this may be partly because the present rarely has the prestige of the past even if the here and now is where great art is born. The most prestigious art form of Ancient Greece was Lyre playing, hardly a venerated activity now.

I would argue that in a hundred years people will not have heard of most of the people that cover the arts sections of the broadsheets, but that Steve Jobs will be remembered not just as an industrialist, but as a cultural innovator – an artist.

Jobs is considered sartorially elegant, yet he dresses from the waist down in high waisted, beltless, over-length, bleached jeans and sneakers – like an average suburban mall shopper. He is though of as a great speaker, but his delivery is sometimes horribly rehearsed and his voice thin and nasal. But, listen to this speech from when he had just recovered from cancer, it is a masterpiece. For me this is the thing above all others, to show people who don’t get what all the fuss is about when he speaks at a tawdry trade show, tomorrow at the Moscone Center, and people cover it like it was the sermon on the mount.


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2 comments on “Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

  1. OilMonkey says:

    If he is remembered at all, it will be as a fool.

    But no more so than those who believed in infinite growth on a finite planet.

    “Anyone who believes exponential growth can go on forever in a finite world is either a madman or an economist.”

    - Kenneth Boulding

    And 2 more equally applicable Boulding quotes:

    “We make our tools, and then they shape us.”

    “The World is a very complex system. It is easy to have too simple a view of it, and it is easy to do harm and to make things worse under the impulse to do good and make things better.”

    The last quote reminds me of the e-waste and sweatshops borne of Jobs’ religious art:


    Staying foolish indeed.

  2. OilMonkey says:

    While those who create his “art” stay hungry.

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