The Birth of The I-Mac

Description: An article I wrote for my mass media and society class. The assignment intended for us to write about podcasts we listened to each week about trends in media.

Date: July 2018


For my independent research this week I decided to continue to focus on the more techy side of the media. The entire semester I’ve just been sampling everything that caught my eye, but I always come back to tech and movie reviews.

On The Vergecast I listened to a bonus episode published on May 11th called Ctrl-Walt-Delete special edition- iMac 20th anniversary. Ctrl-Walt-Delete is a discontinued podcast run by current Vergecast host Nilay Patel and retired tech critic Walt Mossberg.

In this bonus episode, Patel and Mossberg reminisce about the good ole days of floppy discs and the very first iMac. The talk about the introduction of the iMac and it’s “open web” feature which ultimately, they believe, is what gave Apple the power.

They also talk about their personal relationships with Steve Jobs and how he swooped in to save Apple from bankruptcy less than 100 days before the release of the iMac. I had never known this and find it to be one more example of Steve Jobs’s brilliance.

It was so interesting for me to hear Patel and Mossberg talk about the release of the iMac. It seems as if from the start Apple found something that made their products unique and people ate it up.

I use Apple products and my MacBook Pro is my baby. I do everything with it. I could live without my iPhone and iPad, but I could never lose my MacBook. I’m grateful Apple created a computer that’s fast, simple, easy to use, and trustworthy.

The impact their computers and laptops have on the world is nothing short of a miracle I think. The power our creative brains and the push out progression to the max. We can do new things every day and learn new information through the sleek and fast internet browser.

Apple changed the world and hopefully, they will continue to do so. I hope someday to talk to my children about the current tech the way Patel and Mossberg talked about the tech of their twenties and thirties.