"…perhaps nothing has revealed how much the class warriors of the right and left of our time have in common than the national outpouring after Steve Jobs’s death. Indeed, the near-universal over-the-top emotional response—more commensurate with a saintly religious or civic leader, not a sometimes bullying captain of industry—brought Americans of all stripes together as few events have in recent memory."
This is something that I’ve been thinking about. Why is it that everyone in America had this collective sadness over Jobs? He was actually a pretty controversial figure in life, kind of a jerk, and the things he created were simultaneously examples of all that America was capable of achieving, and the vast disparities in wealth and material goods that divide us. Perhaps he was an example of one of the last great inventors, a representative of a material age that seems to be slipping away, or the end of an age of American creativity. Either way, his death feels like more than an individual passing, it feels like the end of something.
(Source: New York Magazine)