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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:53 AM   #1
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Time Magazine Names Steve Jobs Among 20 Most Influential Americans of All Time






Time yesterday released a list of the 20 most influential Americans of all time, with Apple founder Steve Jobs making the cut for inclusion in the list. Jobs is the final entry on the chronologically-sorted list that includes such figures as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Henry Ford, and the Wright brothers.
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Jobs was a visionary whose great genius was for design: he pushed and pushed to make the interface between computers and people elegant, simple and delightful. He always claimed his goal was to create products that were "insanely great." Mission accomplished.
The new Time feature is part of a promotion for the publication's new book covering what it judges to be the 100 most influential people of all time, a list that also includes Jobs.

Time also releases annual lists of the world's most influential people, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and Jobs' biographer Walter Isaacson making the 2012 list back in April.

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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:54 AM   #2
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He deserves the title. 
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:55 AM   #3
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:58 AM   #4
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Hold on, Time, I'm gonna let you finish, but Beyoncé is one of the most influential Americans of all time... OF ALL TIME!
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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not much of a surprise to be honest. Well done steve!
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 09:59 AM   #6
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He deserves the title. 
I agree, but if he is on the list..how is Gates not?
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I agree, but if he is on the list..how is Gates not?
Because gates isn't dead.
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Because gates isn't dead.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:03 AM   #9
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because gates isn't dead.
They may add him soon enough. The guy not only created one of the most successful companies in history, but he is also leading the charge in tackling global problems through his foundation.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:03 AM   #10
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Anyone who is honest about how Apple has influenced technology, since it's beginnings in the 1970s right through to the current day, could surely not argue with that.

Edit: Sorry, that was a bit of a silly thing to say. The list is educated speculation at best, so of course people can argue about it!

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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:03 AM   #11
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Wait till the linux enthusiasts get here, "Oh steve gets to become one of the most influential americans? But Dennis ritchie(Developer of C) goes unnoticed"

Not getting the difference between the 2 people, sigh...
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:05 AM   #12
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I saw The 100 Most Influential People in the World ofAll-Time (book) at a supermarket on July 4. I picked it up, saw the price ($16), and placed it back down.
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Old Jul 26, 2012, 10:07 AM   #13
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Of course

In 100 years time he's gonna be talked about in the history books
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Unbelievable. Clearly a bone thrown to today's kids.

Jobs belongs in an influential list for sure, but not within the top 20 of all time.

Might as well also put Ron Popeil in the top 20 list (at least he actually invented some of the stuff he sold).
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Mother Teresa was Albanian, not American. I am sure she would make it into the list of the 100 most influential Albanians.
I wonder if Sitting Bull would appreciate being listed as an influential American.
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And his picture's smack in the middle at the top of the cover too.

Way to go!
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I agree, but if he is on the list..how is Gates not?
Gates should be on there. He had just as much influence on technology, especially in American business. Additionally his work as a philanthropist had influence beyond the marketplace.
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I agree, but if he is on the list..how is Gates not?
While Gates probably achieved just as much as Jobs, he was not as influential (as Jobs).

Edit: IMO
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Ben Franklin doesn't make the list but Jobs does?

Edit: Neither do James Madison, writers like Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, and Hemingway, etc.

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Helped lead the united states to victory over the brits and was the first president of the united states. Freed the slaves. Built and flew the first airplane. Created the first assembly line. Developed the iPod .
There is no doubt he was a great man, but to be in those ranks? I'm undecided on that. But hey, my opinion doesn't matter because I didn't write the article. It just seems like putting skrillex or jam master J on a greatest guitar player of all time list.(which actually happened.)
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This is quite funny when you consider how much of that 'influence' has been misplaced on his shoulders.
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I agree, but if he is on the list..how is Gates not?
They may add him soon enough. The guy not only created one of the most successful companies in history, but he is also leading the charge in tackling global problems through his foundation.
I think it depends on how you define 'influence'. Millions of people use Microsoft products like Windows and Word every day, so in a sense that's a massive impact. But if you measure influence by the difference you would see had that person not been around, I suspect Steve would be leagues ahead of Bill. Without Steve, no Apple, no Lisa, no Macintosh, and therefore no Windows. Sure, others would have picked up on similar concepts in time—technology has a way of evolving—but when you look at history, you can see the chain of events and how frequently Jobs was pushing the industry forward.
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Sad, but true.
Why do you want Gates dead? He did brilliant work at Microsoft and is now trying to make the world a better place.
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hold on, time, i'm gonna let you finish, but beyoncé is one of the most influential americans of all time... Of all time!
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