As you enter through the doors of the newly renovated Seaton Computing Commons (SCC), you may notice a quote on the wall of the study area by a man who knows a thing or twelve about computers. It’s awfully fitting that the $6.5 million project is ready for this particular fall semester, so close to the release of Joshua Michael Stern’s “JOBS.”
The film is less about high-tech gadgets though, and more about a drop-out hippie’s perseverance. Despite it being incredibly hard to get past Kutcher playing himself in “That 70s Show,” the story is compelling for those who are somewhat unfamiliar with the Macintosh maven’s back-story. I was admittedly shocked when most of the audience gasped when (SPOILER ALERT) Jobs is ousted from Apple. I found myself looking around the theater wondering how this presumably pro-Apple crowd wouldn’t know something I thought was so commonplace. For anyone who has read Walter Issacson’s biography, “Steve Jobs,” this indie flick hardly serves as Cliff Notes.
It was easy to distract myself during the lengthy monologues that make up the film; when they’re occurring as often as Steve Wozniack’s name is dropped, it’s hard to distinguish which were organically inspiring. I did get chills for one moment though. The opening scene takes place at a 2001 Apple Town Hall where Jobs pulls from his pocket, Apple’s most iconic invention. The character starts talking about a device that would change the world: “It’s a music player. It’s 1,000 songs in your pocket. I’d like to introduce you to the iPod.” Considering music plays a majority role in my own life, I was elated to hear a creative revolutionary reaffirm its importance to the world.
Aaron Sorkin, author of “The Social Network” and HBO’s “The Newsroom,” did announce that he would pen the official biopic last November. Though pre-production has not yet begun on the film, I am beyond excited to see his take on Jobs. Whatever the vehicle, it’s important to spread the message of hard work and having the courage to trust yourself; especially within the walls of high schools and colleges. When you walk past the quote in the SCC, let it be a reminder that your time here is made to push you – creatively, academically and socially – to grow in ways maybe you never thought about before. Dare to follow your head and your heart, as Jobs believed, the possibilities are truly limitless.