Steve Jobs: Share Your Thoughts


Many of you may have already seen this poster on Facebook. On October 11th, its creator, Willie Concepcion, shared his opinion by stating that millions mourn the death of one person while none mourn the deaths of one million. The one person in this case is Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple who succumbed to pancreatic cancer on October 5th. And the one million in this case are young African children who in recent news are dying due to poverty and famine caused by a horrible drought.

To date, this poster has more than 82 000 likes, some 70 000 shares, and over 21 000 comments.

While some strongly agree with the views of this poster because millions of people die each day without any recognition, others think that it’s like comparing apples and oranges as it is unfair to degrade the death of one man simply because we do not mourn all. One anonymous Facebook user writes, “Steve Jobs was just a man, flesh and blood just like these children.” Another says, “I just think that using the death of Steve Jobs is unnecessary and disrespectful. The message on this poster could have been easily been delivered without devaluing an inspirational man’s death.”

What do you think? We would like to hear your opinion. Simply share your thoughts by commenting below. If you have not yet registered, please take a minute to create a username and password so that you can join this discussion.

This discussion will remain open until 11:00 AM EST Friday, October 21st.

– Kiana Amirpour

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7 thoughts on “Steve Jobs: Share Your Thoughts

  1. Steve Jobs changed the way we live our world. He defined today’s society and he paved the way for the future of innovation and technology. It is wrong to put these two picture beside each other.

  2. Yes Jobs was an inspirational individual but it’s pretty unfortunate that some people can’t seem to dedicate the same level of energy that they spent on grieving his loss and promoting his work on bringing awareness to some of the pressing issues that surround us- things such as poverty. Sometimes you need to pull shock tactics to get people to give notice to important issues- it seems to have worked since this poster is getting a lot of attention and debate!

  3. I think the point is entirely being missed. Most of us aren’t able to make a difference in the lives of a million starving children, but we can each contribute towards helping at least once child affected by the drought survive and not become an unfortunate statistic in a database. If each of us takes on that responsibility then those numbers will add up to millions to children who are alive and well instead of being the objects of armchair sympathy and pity without pro-activeness.

  4. I think it’s somewhat unfair that Steve Jobs’ picture was used, but I can see the point. When any ordinary human being dies, no one mourns over them other than their close loved ones and some people don’t even have that. Yet when someone in a prominent role or someone who is looked at as being a hero (i.e., police), that’s all we hear about in the news and other media. That’s not fair! I shouldn’t have to hear about one person’s death more than another’s. Their life isn’t more important than another person’s.
    But I understand that because Jobs and other figures, such as Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, were so influential and touched so many people’s lives, then of course millions will be “crying” for them.

  5. He’s certainly left an indelible impression on this world. Nevertheless, his mythos was carefully crafted and its inertia sustained through intense marketing. His feats were no less exemplary than the next fortune 500 CEO yet, his followers and admirers have elevated his iconography to pseudo-religious worship. While I may invoke the ire of his cult following, he is but a mere man.

    *Stepping onto my self-righteous pedestal*
    Kudos to the creator for his creativity; however, starving children in Africa just doesn’t sound or look sexy. While most of us are inclined to help in some way to avoid the misery they endure, the take away message does very little to compel us into action. Meanwhile, if we can hurl profanities at Siri to gauge her response for a few laughs, then we’d be willing to spend an hour in line to empty out our wallet/purses for the latest device.
    *Stepping off my self-righteous pedestal*

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