Steve Jobs: A legacy

In a span of 15 hours National Public Radio changed its homepage to keep up with news on the death of 56-year-old Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple corporation.

Shortly after the announcement of Jobs death NPR had compiled a multi-faceted package that put Sarah Palin's political decision on the back burner. 


The morning after, a slideshow and new article was added to show reaction and emotion to one of the greatest innovators in the eyes of today's generation. These first articles were the beginning of the public radio site's new special series, Remembering Steve Jobs (1955-2011).

The sadness was evident. In an article written by Linda Holmes for NPR's pop culture blog, Monkey See, the collective response among Apple product owners took over the internet in which Jobs played a major role. The sadness she said is "not only because he was 56 years old, but because so many saw the news while holding one of his products in their hands."

One piece, After Jobs, Who Will Be Next American Visionary?, Scott Neuman lists Jobs among technology and greats like Thomas Alva Edison, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, and Bill Gates. These comparisons allow Jobs to be recognized as a man of historical value among Americans. 

As a fellow Apple product owner I see this as a major turning point for those in the technology business and public users as well. Looking back on Jobs' history in NPR's graphic, Timeline: Steve Jobs, The Man At Apple's Core, the advancements and failures the former CEO brought the names of Apple and Pixar to the technological  and entertainment forefront. 

"Steve Jobs understood that creativity and play spring from the same source," Scott Simon said, in the audio program, Steve Jobs, Whose Imagination Invited Us To Play, on Weekly Addition Saturday. Simon wraps Jobs' story into a light-hearted, more editorial audio piece, combining facts with a happy undertone.