npr.org – Laura Sydell
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine hits theaters today. Academy Award-winning director Alex Gibney’s documentary joins a growing list of biopics and biographies that have come out since Jobs’ death in 2011. But, it adds a new perspective on the increasingly well-known facts of his life. Gibney’s thesis seems to be that Jobs’ flawed character was infused into the machines he made, leaving us perhaps a little more flawed if we use them.
The 2013 biopic starring Ashton Kutcher, the authorized Walter Isaacson biography and the more recent Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader all touch on how the Apple co-founder was often cruel in the pursuit of his vision to spark a personal computer revolution. But, they don’t question the good of what Jobs invented.