No joking around, kids. It’s a really sad day. Steve Jobs, the Tesla of our age, is dead. Jobs wasn’t your run-of-the-mill billionaire. He taught us to dream bigger, both through his role at Apple and his role at Pixar. He forever changed the world of not just personal computing, but also entertainment. Here are a few examples of the lasting impact he had on the world of entertainment.

The iPad

While the iPad isn't intended solely as a video player, the ability to watch a film or television show anywhere there's a WiFi connection would have been unheard of just a few years ago. Combined with streaming video technology, the device has radically altered the entertainment landscape, creating an appetite for instantaneous consumption of film and television shows, and challenging the need for set broadcast times and the theatrical release of films.

Final Cut Pro

No longer do you need to have film-editing equipment to make yourself a movie. All you need is a digital camera and a bootlegged copy of Final Cut Pro. The product revolutionized the world of film, making viral videos, webisodes, fan series and truly independent film in the reach of anyone who can point and shoot. Perhaps more than any other product in film history, Final Cut Pro leveled the playing field, democratizing the world of film.


Much like with music, few had the imagination to see precisely how drastically the world of media changed with the digital age. Jobs did, however, realizing that many people, particularly young people, would much rather download a film than create a library of discs. The problem is, he wanted people to pay for it. Still, while the widespread growth of torrenting and pirating digital media certainly isn’t attributable to Jobs, he certainly did egg it on by making the disc decidedly passé.


Kind of a bomb, the AppleTV might just be like Newton -- ahead of its time. Sitting around on your computer, staring at a tiny screen version of your favorite films and television shows, you want a way to get that on the big screen. While not impossible with current technology by any means, it’s more work than most people want to get into. Your television needs an iPod. That’s what the AppleTV is, in a sense. Mark our words -- in five years time this type of thing is going to be as common as a laptop.


To the best of our knowledge, Steve Jobs did not actually change the trailer. What he did do, however, is put trailers -- “the best part of going to the movies” -- all together in one place on How many hours did you spend in college huddled around your laptop waiting to see this summer’s upcoming blockbusters on Rather than having to hunt down a trailer or two here and there, you can now browse through trailers, getting a first glimpse and even finding out about movies you hadn’t previously heard of.


This really does require a bullet point of its own. In the 20th Century, cartoon family movies were, for the most part, lame, boring, maudlin, sticky-sweet affairs with predictable morality plays. In the 21st Century, animated family film got an edge to it -- movies that literally the whole family could enjoy, even your surly teenage brother going through his cutting-the-heads-off-Barbies phase. For the last 25 years Pixar has made computer-animated films that are fun, funny and stick in your mind for years to come.

Thanks, Steve. You’ll be missed.

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