Oct. 6th, 2011

starlady: (the wizard's oath)
Two of my favorite authors today posted tributes to Steve Jobs that, I think, get to the heart of what made Apple products in general and Steve Jobs' visionary insight into the actual nature of personal technology so singular. Along the way, both Duane and West articulate again, almost in passing, what makes me love their work so fiercely.

Diane Duane, A farewell: Steve Jobs

Michelle West, Steve Jobs

I won't pretend that I don't feel an additional layer of sadness over Jobs' death in light of the fact that he died of cancer, a year younger even than my mother was. Jobs was a visionary, but that's not why he deserved more time here; everyone does. But it's also undeniable that the outpouring of emotion at his death--which I don't discount or find mawkish or put-on--is the perfect testament to the personal connection with technology that Jobs envisioned and then created. And that is, unquestionably, the most fitting tribute possible.