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Flash Movie Review: Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine

There are some people who are just as fierce or even fiercer in protecting their non-human babies as they are with their human ones. Whether the person is a creative or scientific genius, they treat their creation with the utmost concern and love. Now I am no genius but I can understand the feelings of being protective towards something one has created. There was a time where I would record mixes of songs to use in my fitness classes. It would take hours, sometimes days, for me to make a continuous recording of songs. With one turntable, one CD player and a tape deck I would count out the beats to every song I was going to use then try to blend them together. It was a fulfilling experience for me because the members in my classes absolutely loved my song choices. There were times they or fellow aerobic instructors would ask if they could get a copy of my music but I always declined them. At the time I felt with all the work I put into it, besides the expense of buying each song, I did not want to share or sell my work to anyone else. My music represented a part of me if that makes any sense. There was another reason why I did not copy my music. To record the original artist’s music, I paid dues to the copyright agencies that protected the artists’ work. I felt it was important they got paid for their efforts; so by me making copies and giving  them out would defeat my purpose. I was always gracious in my refusals; part of the reason was I did not want anyone to think unkindly of me, unlike the main focus of this documentary.    WHEN Steve Jobs the father of Apple computer died, the outpouring of grief and love expressed around the world was astounding to see. Even to those individuals who had experienced his wrath. Directed by Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks), this film covered a majority of events that have been told before. However, what I liked about this documentary was the variety of personal interviews from people who were there at the time of several major events in the life of Steve and Apple. I was thrilled to hear the stories behind the birth of such iconic items in our society such as the Ipod and Iphone. This should not come as a surprise but Steve appeared to have a split personality; one side was cerebral and contemplative and the other was a raging storm of spiteful anger. For me an Apple consumer, I was a bit uncomfortable hearing and seeing such poor behavior coming out of someone who was integral in making parts of my life easier. Geniuses come in many forms but it is always hard to hear someone we admire is not a nice person.


3 stars




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