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NewsWatch: Editorial Cartoon -- Steve Jobs' Place in History

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Editorial Cartoon: Steve Jobs' Place in History

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Tony    |    Commented October 11, 2011

That is almost an appropriate cartoon, but for reasons the artist probably didn't consider. It represents several peole who were actually inventors: Alexander Bell, Henry Ford and Thomas Edison. Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist, not an inventor, and doesn't belong there at all. Steve Jobs was neither an inventor nor a scientist. Steve Wozniak was the inventor. Jobs was great at recognizing the commercial potential of ideas, guiding designs to completion, and marketing products. Not negligible accomplishments, but if he belongs on the "icloud" in the cartoon it is only because Ford and Edison were also great marketers. Bell did some marketing but was mainly an inventor. Einstein had nothing to market, though without his discoveries, Jobs wouldn't have had anything either.

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