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Ian Eck | Photo: Courtesy DeviantArt | February 21, 2014
Steve Jobs gets his own postage stamp as USPS ups its cool.
In an effort to stay hip, the US Postal Service has leaked that one of the 2015 commemorative stamps will feature the mug of the late great Steve Jobs. They’ll also be converting they’re trucks to Teslas, using drones for mailmen, and changing their domain name to amazon.com.
Seriously though, this news should irk stamp enthusiasts for a couple reasons. It violates the normal 10-year waiting period after a person’s death to give them a commemorative stamp (Other 2015 commemorees include long-dead celebrities Elvis and Johnny Carson). And it also memorializes a man representative of the very downfall of old-world delivery services.
Shouldn’t the new be commemorating the old? After all, you don’t see Madonna trying to be Miley Cyrus. You don’t see historic figures bowing at the feet of Bieber. Or old washed up celebrities rehashing themselves onto today’s reality TV generation. That never happens.
Wait. This might make sense.
But really, given the power relationships between tech and politics these days, wouldn't it be bigger news if the tech world started to commemorate United States political figures? We can see it now: Your very own FDR-branded iPhone case. The limited edition Thomas Jefferson Tesla. Why send a regular old tweet when you could do it from the Ronald Regan Tweetdeck?