... All of these encounters and the constant conversations, however, go nowhere and reveal little of any value about Jobs, his society, or his times. Despite dealing with a man who was seen by many (himself especially) as an Einstein-caliber genius, the film lacks a big picture. All that happens is a rich man falls and rises and, in the end, gets a little closer to his daughter. I'd almost rather watch a Mac commercial
The mutualism of the two myths, I must admit, is something I failed to fully appreciate in my favorable review of the super-damning documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, which was released late this summer. I actually (and even naively) thought the hard fact that Jobs was an asshole contradicted and even diminished the mythical power of Jobs-the-prophet. But in fact, Jobs-the-asshole also has considerable and even positive mythic power.
Jobs was mean to poor little Lisa, he said awful things to her, he repeatedly shamed her mother and forced them into the welfare line while he was worth millions. Though all of this is quite true, it is still the stuff of legend. And there is a part of us that strongly believes that shit in this world does not get done without big assholes to do it. What I should have attacked in my last review is not Jobs's world-class assholisms but the fact that the world believes it needs them
There's at least a potential irony in that Mudede wrote this review for The Stranger. eh?
This reminds me of stuff I've been thinking about a lot this year and the last few years. Maybe some of you read that little haiku that goes
heroes are monsters
whose use for their cause outweighs
If Steve Jobs were the Apple desktop sized iteration of this theme then maybe Mark Driscoll was the microchip sized iteration of this theme, a sort of Steve Jobs aspirational meme write microscopic.
It's not a new thing, Mudede's observation. He probably knows the Lord Acton quote about how great men are rarely ever good men already. Although Jesus is recorded in the synoptics and in John as formulating a different definition of what greatness is that doesn't mean that even the people who call themselves Christians want lives defined by that working definition of greatness.