Friday, October 14, 2011

Steve Jobs and Moscow



People here were very much shaken by the death of Steve Jobs. The last time an American was mourned on such a large scale was when Michael Jackson died; he, too, had really captured the country's collective imagination. Many of the kids at school have grown up with Apple as part of their lives, not quite able to imagine what life was like before iPods, etc...

The Moscow News had a great article about the larger impact Jobs' vision has had on Russia. President Medvedev won't go anywhere without his beloved iPhone, even procuring the iPhone 4 before it was even legal here... Interestingly enough, despite his "black market maneuvering" to get his phone early, he has also held up Apple as an example in the government about how a company could be extremely successful and have worldwide impact without corruption...

I took this picture the day after Jobs died while riding the metro home... Just an average day, with some commuter unable to divert his attention from his beloved Macbook Pro while yet three others were flicking through their iPhones.


I am so appreciative as an educator of how Jobs' contributions have changed the way I can teach... Students can look up translations, definitions and synonyms with the touch of a finger. They can follow podcasts about grammar and culture. They can look up recipes and instantly convert them to grams and Celsius while standing in their kitchens...

1 comment:

Tina in CT said...

A college dropout who drastically changed the world.