In light of the recent news concerning Steve Job’s death yesterday afternoon, I’ve been musing over how historians would, at best, phrase this time period in history, both as the end of an era and beginning of another. This is something that, for those who are creating this reality on a daily basis, a difficult question to solve.
Amber Case has summed a fitting response to these questions floating about in my thoughts, namely, the post-effects impact of his death on others, were broadcasted as “an singularity: defined as everyone experiencing a certain moment or thought at once.
It’s not that we are always connected to the same thoughts, but that if something globally relevant happens, those who are connected have the capability to experience it at the same time. It does not matter if anyone has the same opinion on the subject, it matters that they are all suddenly aware of the change.
In the case of Steve Jobs, real-time media channels were saturated mere seconds after the announcement. The Twitter channel I had open in Tweetdeck began zooming by with every tweet being the same. Some form of communication mentioning the passing of Steve Jobs.
Although in this case, the micro-singularity was brought on, as @jenkhughes stated, “it was a micro-singularity made possible by Steve’s own inventions”. The analog world announced the death to the digital world, and the digital spread at the speed of light to all nodes on the network. Jobs played a massive role in making those nodes on which we all connect. (#)”