An apple a day

Much has been said about the passing of Steve Jobs. The gist? He was a great man–a legend who redefined how we go about our technological lifestyle. I say this with conviction despite not owning an iMac, Macbook Pro, or iPhone. I do, however, own an iPod. And it is in that invention we see alone how Jobs changed the game. We went from tapes, CDs, to buying mp3 tracks online in iTunes. We went from organizing CD covers in bookshelves or specialized cases to dragging, dropping, and naming our very own playlists. And yes, one day, I hope to type on the smooth keys of a Pro.

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His feelings for Flash aside, Jobs is a man to respect and look up to. It has been said he is the closest being we have to Tony Stark. He has been compared to Edison. He may have passed, but as a friend said, his magic is still at our fingertips.

This article tackles an interesting angle on his legacy: how he changed (but not necessarily) saved journalism. Print continues in its struggle for relevance, as the accessibility of news is more convenient online and from the TV (and the latter medium continues to prosper). There’s also the weakening economies, lack of jobs, and hence, the lack of disposable newspaper/magazine income. Then, there was Steve Jobs, who changed the face of journalism by transferring it from print to screen.

Having slaved over the school paper, and now, working professionally for magazines, I have mixed feelings regarding this shift. Although it’s not a complete 360 degree turn (more of a 180) to the screen, I know the value of seeing the colored pages and printed word in front of you. The vibrancy of a photo’s colors are something you can touch. The phrases that stir your creativity or give you that AHA!/OMGYES! moment you can easily highlight or make notes in on the side.

Oh and you can read for long hours on the printed word. No eye strain from the backlight.

Steve Jobs changed the face of journalism, but what the field needs is someone who can save it–continue and REMIND people of its relevance, as technology evolves and people’s attention spans get shorter. And maybe make sure that eyes don’t fail too early from reading off an iPad.

Nonetheless, Jobs brought attention to a field that is relevant, no matter how ignored it had become. He made sure the people’s attention was kept on the medium that informed.

A big thanks to the man, and for everything other game changer he brought about.

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