Steve Jobs has died at the age of 56. Think what you will about Apple’s former CEO, the company made serious strives to make citizen journalism more of a reality, even though Jobs himself felt that videos on YouTube were “amateur hour.” The iPhone and podcasting were innovations that allowed citizens to record events and broadcast them. Whole industries of devices followed the introduction of the iPhone that made citizen journalism an act you can do with just one small device. And iPad is just starting to show its potential in journalism.
I had just finished reading two books about the history of Apple and the two Steves. It’s fascinating stuff. But I am saddened that such an influential force is no longer with us.