Jacob raised a good question regarding a slide I posted during Thursday’s lecture labeling Steve Jobs and Bill Gates “computer heroes.” Sure they were big shots and influential, but why call them “heroes”? I replied that this was in reference to cultural texts that see them as heroic for their role in innovation and promised to provide some examples as evidence.
Here are some examples of the the kinds of texts I was referring to:
Apple’s Remembering Steve page, featuring many “hero” references
A Wired article about the book, Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steve Levy, which featured a young Bill Gates prominently