The month after Steve Jobs died, PBS aired a documentary “Steve Jobs: One Last Thing” and the documentary is worth watching before you see the 2015 Danny Boyle movie “Steve Jobs.” The documentary includes archival footage and interviews with the people who know him. Steve Jobs is portrayed as a genius of the modern world but a man who “ultimately betrayed everyone.” The documentary is available on Netflix and on PBS online.
Jobs was not a scientist, he was not a programmer (although he did know how to program), he was not an electronics engineer and he was not an innovator himself. He was an entrepreneur, a show man and a salesman, but he wasn’t a nice guy. “If he needed you, he would be your best friend,” one person recalls early on in the documentary “Steve Jobs: One Last Thing.” The title comes from the Steve Jobs annual presentation and his habit of announcing the best and most impressive development as “one more thing.” He always gave the lucky few in the audience one more thing, but when he died on Oct. 5, 2011 of cancer, this documentary became one last thing. Of course, it isn’t the last we will hear about Steve Jobs.
The documentary includes Bill Fernandez, his closest childhood friend and the man who introduced him to Steve Wozniak. The problem was that Jobs was not only a salesman, he was hungry, aggressive and usually selfish.
“If he needed you, he would be your best friend” and yet when he was not, he could be a “total street bully.” For those who weren’t close, it was easy to idolize him because Jobs needed an audience, he needed customers and he needed to make sales. If the typical pattern was 1) seduced, 2) ignored and 3) scourged, then the audience never was scourged, not like Wozniak, not like Chrisann Bernnan, the girlfriend who bore his first child, Lisa, and not like so many other people.
“Steve Jobs: One Last Thing” is more cohesive and less meandering than “Steve Jobs: The Lost Interview” but both are well worth watching.