at this point, it certainly isn’t breaking news that steve jobs passed away a couple days ago. the news came in torrents, particularly via social media. for a solid 24 hours, little else was talked about. even at the time of this writing, 2 of the top 10 trending topics on twitter are steve jobs-related.
the most interesting aspect of the deluge of tweets was how sincere the response was. there was a genuine expression of sadness and loss (myself included). when celebrities die, there is plenty of emotional response—particularly from musicians—because their art becomes woven into the very essence of our lives.
but steve jobs was a retired ceo.
of a tech company.
so why do people really care? undoubtedly, in 2011, at least a handful of CEOs of large, successful companies have passed away. but can we name them? no. and there’s been a handful of recognizable celebrities die in 2011 but they haven’t clogged social media streams like this. so why do we (particularly 20- and 30-somethings) care about steve jobs?
ok, before you go any further, stop reading and go immediately purchase elbow’sthe seldom seen kid. here, i’ll give you the itunes link. ok, got it? now skip to track 6, weather to fly. ah yes, good, right? ok, now proceed with the remainder of this blog post. indeed, yesterday, there was perfect weather to fly and i had the [...]
greetings. welcome to the blog. maybe you’re here because you saw me in a little rock family story about the top local bloggers. i’m the large, hairy woman in the middle. you know, the one who looks like the offspring of a lumberjack and a grizzly bear. yeah, that’s me. the lone dude. I was glad to be asked to [...]
certainly, there are moments of stress here at my place of employment, but in the midst of that, we try to have fun every now and then (people like myself probably have fun a little too much…). one of the ways we offer a little de-stressing for our employees is via a committee called tweak (i honestly have no idea [...]
let me first say that i don’t have many/any rules for my blog. i try not to censor myself and i try to let it be a free-flowing thought stream, of sorts. other than that, really, i don’t have any “rules.” as close to a rule as i get, though, is a decision to not talk about work-related matters too [...]
just wanted to drop a super quick note to say that i finished up a website tonight that i’ve been working on for several weeks. there may be a few hiccups with it, but i think i’ve gotten most of the wrinkles ironed out. if you find any, let me know….very nicely… i’m fairly pleased with how it came out, [...]
ah, the pirates. we can’t forget the pirates. the pirates’ hilarity was the yin to the westboro crazies’ sad yang. oh wait, the westboro people hate china…so forget the chinese philosophy reference… anyway, the pirates completed the circle of absurdity friday and made for a good time. as stated in the first post of this series, the pirates weren’t just [...]