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SF Civic Center sign (0530)

SF Civic Center sign (0530)
In the midst of all of the new construction, an ad for a new movie about Steve Jobs and crediting him with starting the internet 'revolution.' Given that the growth in SF housing demand is derived from increasing employment in the dot.com industry, it should be noted that there is a strong argument that Jobs didn't start the dot.com/internet 'revolution', but that he basically just was good at organizing and marketing components that had been developed by others -- and that those others should receive more credit.

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Clint
Clint
I compare Steve Jobs in many ways to Henry Ford. Ford didn't invent the automobile. Far from it, in fact, as that happened in Germany a generation or so before Ford started his tinkering. Ford didn't even build the first automobiles in the United States. What he did, though, was figure out a way to scale automobile manufacturing up and price them so that the common person could afford them, then marketed them so that people wanted them. The car would have existed without Ford, but would it have evolved into the car culture in which we were eventually engulfed? Similarly with Jobs, we would have had a lot of the little techie gadgets we have without him, but would we have jumped so deeply into the tech lifestyle? I have my doubts.
4 years ago.
Don Barrett (aka DBs travels)
Don Barrett (aka DBs…
But there were some wonderful and innovative companies that, by bad luck or whatever, just didn't quite make it and yet could have been the model for the future (remember DEC, Atari...Dell?) Having been 2nd-level support in academia and a block-leader in street-activism, I've seen too often that those who become icons wouldn't have been there without the support workers, yet seldom acknowledge that support. I think we do major disservice in our culture by praising select icons and ignoring far too much the role of the workers.
4 years ago.
James Ruddy
James Ruddy
Or paying the workers any more than they absolutely have to pay them.
4 years ago.