Steve Jobs - an Overrated Death - Critique Essay

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Steve Jobs, the Genius Behind Revolutionary Products
An essay on the article “Steve Jobs: An Overrated Death - He Did Not Invent a Thing” by C.J. Thomson, 2011

When Steve Jobs died on October 5th, 2011, you could see people mourning in front of Apple Stores, putting down flowers or outdated apple devices to show their affection to this death. Steve jobs had a lot of fans, but did they overreact? Is this collective mourning and the piles of flowers, cards, outdated apple gadgets and candles too much of a reaction on the death of a company’s CEO? This essay discusses the question whether Steve Jobs death was completely overrated or if he was the visionary CEO who really changed the world.
Steve Jobs did not invent the Apple computer,
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The sentence “He did not invent [...] the Personal Computer for day-to-day consumers“ (Thomson, 2011) is simply wrong. It was Jobs, who made his partners in the Apple II project strive for a computer, everybody could use. The Apple II was a milestone in computer history, for the first time a computer came with a screen and keyboard in one case. Before that time one had to solder the circuit boards of a computer to a TV screen and computers were only used by an elite of computer hackers. Furthermore „Jobs decided it [the power supply of the Apple II] was a key component. In particular he wanted—as he would his entire career—to provide power in a way that avoided the need for a fan“ (Isaacson, 2011) to make the Apple II more user friendly. Therefore he did play an important role in the development and sucess of the Apple II, the first ever computer to be considered for „regular people in regular homes“ (Isaacson, 2011).
Steve Jobs is described as a man who would mix up reality and fantasy in a (later by his collegues called) Reality Distortion Filed. This could mean good thigs on the one hand, as his partners and co-workers describe it as a great inspiration, nevertheless on the other hand he could get furious for no reason and take rash descisions. It is described as if he changed realitiy in what he would like it to be and his workers, the ones who knew how to handle this special character trait,

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