Steve Jobs (1955-2011): Death of a Human Tech God? | Religion Dispatches

by Stephen Hebert on Wednesday - 5 October 2011

in Technology

Steve Jobs (1955-2011): Death of a Human Tech God? | Religion Dispatches.

On the occasion of Steve Jobs’s death, Religion Dispatch calls attention to a funny Umberto Eco quote which makes Mac out to be Catholic and DOS out to be Protestant:

I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach—if not the kingdom of Heaven—the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.

DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions, imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the idea that not all can achieve salvation. To make the system work you need to interpret the program yourself: Far away from the baroque community of revelers, the user is closed within the loneliness of his own inner torment.

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