Friday, October 7, 2011

On Visionaries...


Photo: Dave Martin, AP

I was gonna let this go, but then I saw the flowers, and the post-its, and the gathering crowd assembled in hushed silence at the Apple store yesterday...

Fred Shuttlesworth and Steve Jobs died the same day- I don't have to tell you who was more revered, praised and feted in the media. Steve Jobs* made pretty and efficient machines for those that could afford them. Shuttlesworth risked life and limb repeatedly, defying a world where segregation was the norm.

Now... who was the grand visionary again?

2 comments:

Michael said...

Amen. I love my Mac, but...

Eric Rose said...

I posted my thoughts on the passing of Jobs on my blog http://blog.ericrose.com It's my take on what this passage means at least to me. In your blog post one man was fighting hard for survival. Not just for himself but for his country men, both black and white and all colours inbetween. Although the whites had no clue. The other fought hard to actualize his vision. Did this vision benefit humanity? In some ways yes and in other ways no. We now have scads of people totally disconnected from the world they live in. You see them blindly wandering around with iPods/iPhones plugged into their ears. They bump into light posts, other people and walk in front of buses and trains. Instead of enjoying the sounds of nature or a beautiful sunset they are "plugged in". We are connected to each other but disconnected from ourselves. Humanity must now be taught the intelligent use of technology.