Sunday, July 07, 2013

The Official Canonizing of Steve Jobs Begins

Y'know, guys? I understand we're all very, very fond of our tablets and phones and such and there's an innate tragic irony to a man of vision dying young... but do we really need to be in a rush to enshrine the legacy of Steve Jobs? I mean, it's not like he was President. Or some kind of great humanitarian (or great villain, for that matter). He didn't CURE something, and "invent" is kind of the wrong word for his (still exceptionally substantial) contribution to the tech field. Given, couldn't we have waited for the distance necessary to get a full picture of the man's life before we churned out the glamorous movie-star biopic version ready for the pedestal?

It's not so much that "Jobs" (with Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs and Josh Gad as Steve Wozniak) looks "bad," but that it looks so depressingly expected - the Legend of Jobs (offbeat hippie visionary revolutionizes home computing, exiled for being too awesome for square colleagues, returns like Gandalf The White and CHANGES THE WORLD, MAN!!!) meticulously maintained by the iCult solidified into a "Social Network" wannabe. This is actually one of TWO Jobs bios we'll be getting, incidentally.