On Wednesday Apple CEO Steve Jobs died. When I learned of his death, I immediately burst into tears. For him and his family, of course but also for me: he has done so much to make our lives better. I am not a person who ever understood computers. I am horrible with them and am even a bit technophobic because they are so beyond me, but Steve Jobs made technology accessible to me. I have grown up using Apple products. I have written this piece on my lovely Apple MacBook Pro. I use my ipad and my iphone every day. My daughter Lucy is not even two years old yet and is addicted to my ipad and my iphone and her own ipod Touch. These products save me and other diners in restaurants in LA as my daughter stays quiet and sedate as she uses these things to entertain herself: she was the best baby at Rosh Hashanah services because of my iphone. I was crying not just for what he did but for what he wont be doing in the future. Apple supposedly has three years of products from the Jobs era in the pipeline but after that: what will become of Apple or of any of us? We have seen what Apple was like without Jobs: it was horrible. Those were dark years. What will it be like after these three years? What new innovations are we all going to miss out on? What new advancements in technology?
Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started Apple from the ground up at in Silicon Valley, soldering circuit boards themselves until they turned what their “Little Kingdom” into a huge empire which has revolutionized computers, software and media. They are a great American success story: they literally created something wonderful out of nothing.
In the midst of my mourning I realized something very important: Steve Jobs is a billionaire and a CEO. According to Barack Obama and the protesters on Wall Street, he’s the villain. Apple is the most valuable company of the world with a market capitalization of over $353 billion as of this morning. They have more cash on hand than the US government. According to every value of the current Democrat Party, we’re supposed to hate people like Steve Jobs, not mourn him. I’m a middle class person. According to them, Jobs has stolen from me. He has taken advantage of me and everyone else in my economic strata and below by constantly making something new so I had to buy something new, by constantly selling us his upgrades which made his other products obsolete and constantly making such cool new products that you can’t help but greedily covet and then buy and buy and buy! which constantly separates me and every other innocent middle class consumer from our hard-earned money. He is the ultimate villain they have been fighting against. According to the Wall Street Protesters, we should be glad Jobs is dead.
Instead, I hear that some of them are holding candlelight vigils at Apple Stores. If they acknowledge the sadness of his death, don’t they have to acknowledge that he is the very vermin that they have been fighting against? He is the greatest example of modern capitalism personified in a human being? Or will the rich kids protesting on Wall Street, keeping in touch with their iphones, keeping themselves amused with their ipads acknowledge the fact that his death is a great loss to us all and that maybe CEO’s and billionaires have changed all of our lives for the good? Maybe the wall street urchi should accept the fact that there are CEO’s and billionaires who deserve their position and their money and if there are some, maybe many, if not most, of them do. And if most of them do, maybe capitalism isn’t that bad after all?
I am crying again: the world has lost a great innovator and a great humanitarian. Because maybe being a great humanitarian isn’t just singing songs to African AIDS victims and donating money to the poor by buying Gap “Red Label” clothes (barf.) Maybe being a great humanitarian can also mean changing the lives of the normal person for the better. Jobs did that for me: in huge ways he has changed my life for the better. So, Steve Jobs, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will miss you terribly and to you creeps “occupying” places in your unshowered state…PISS OFF AND GET A JOB!