It has been a tumultuous week with the passing of Steve Jobs. Like some kind of wake up call, this event has people around me suddenly taking a hard look at how high tech has changed the way we live.
In this video, monologuist Mike Daisey appears on Up With Chris Hayes discussing Steve Jobs, human rights, and Occupy Wall Street. It’s a fascinating discussion, and well-worth checking out.
Mr. Jobs’s magic has its costs. We can admire the design perfection and business acumen while acknowledging the truth: with Apple’s immense resources at his command he could have revolutionized the industry to make devices more humanely and more openly, and chose not to. If we view him unsparingly, without nostalgia, we would see a great man whose genius in design, showmanship and stewardship of the tech world will not be seen again in our lifetime. We would also see a man who in the end failed to “think different,” in the deepest way, about the human needs of both his users and his workers.
You can also read Daisey’s Op Ed in the New York Times.