Steve Jobs : Visionary or not?
To save cluttering up the RIP thread, I thought it easier to start this here so the RIP thread doesn't get too far distracted (partly because of me I admit) from the original topic that a man had died of pancreatic cancer and may he rest in peace (that, I can't disagree with).
So, if you type into google "Steve Jobs visionary" you get page after page of results from news sites saying how a visionary has died and he changed the way the world works, his ideas have scuplted our society, etc etc.
I came across a Daily Mail article which offered up some interesting points, and had it been on any tech site would probably have been taken seriously. The points made are valid I feel, and if people can look past the source of it, and actually read the article and see what they think:
Steve Jobs dead: Brilliant, yes, but he wasn't an Einstein | Mail Online
I also found this article offering info on the history of the iPod too:
Steve Jobs is NOT a Visionary; Get Off the Bandwagon Cultists - Forbes
Personally the way I see it, he took what was already there, polished it and made changes. The tech was already there, he just added to it and changed the way things happened.
What do people see as more groundbreaking, the very first commercial fuel propelled aeroplane, or the one five years later that went a little bit faster and had comfier seats inside? You could argue the plane 5 years later set the standards for air travel comfort, etc....but does it make it a visionary tale?
I know people will disagree with me, fair enough, I'm hoping this can actually lead to some sort of proper discussion, not just another "apple r rubbish/i heart apple" argument.