Results 1 to 1 of 1
01-24-2013, 10:19 AM #1
Jay Freeman (Saurik) writes on what it's like to be an "underground celebrity."
One of the most iconic names in Jailbreaking has to be Jay Freeman, known by most as Saurik (his Twitter handle). Over the years as jailbreaking has grown, Freeman has become somewhat of an underground celebrity. And it's no wonder why, considering he has over 300,000 Twitter followers and is responsible for the software that millions of people use around the world.
Apparently the first time a stranger recognized Freeman was back during the iPhone 3GS days, while Freeman was visiting a local BestBuy trying to find a TV for his office. The individual who was the first stranger to recognize Freeman recently posted a photo of this encounter on imgur, which went viral on Reddit.
Has Freeman’s life changed since the days of the iPhone 3GS? Well, according the Freeman himself, it definitely has. Freeman has written an in-depth piece that is “novel-long” which is definitely worth reading on the Reddit thread. The entire thread is too long to quote, but check it out, it's a good read.
Here are just a few tidbits:
Today, the situation is a little different: I actually get recognized a lot. Sometimes it is kind of cool, sometimes it is really awkward. It mostly, however, comes down to people wanting to ask me the question “so, when’s the next jailbreak coming out?”. I’ve mostly gotten used to the idea that the bartender will ask me this while pouring my club soda, and I’m totally acclimated to the manager of the bank asking me this while approving my wire transfers (often now after the teller had already asked me the same question). I’m only somewhat surprised when the guy at the kitchen appliance store asks me.
I also find myself buying things online more often than going to a store, as I am less likely to be judged about buying something totally normal (like maybe some esoteric cooking equipment, or maybe something that isn’t manly enough for Internet commenters… oh, imagine me purchasing something like a beard trimmer?… sigh). Other times, it is just bothersome in the moment, but doesn’t really matter later: like, I’m more than happy to say that my taste in movies is really far into “romantic comedy”-land, or that I grew up listening to Country music due to my mother (and thereby still quite enjoy it); however, the live judgement that comes from the person at the store knowing exactly who you are and having a bunch of real or even made up context for these things above and beyond the self-evident “somewhat fat guy with a beard” can make them awkward in the moment.
I don’t, however, regret having ended up in a situation as public as I currently am, and by and large my interactions with people (such as yzzr, the OP) have been positive. random people, in actuality, tend to be “cool”, and most of them really just want to know “when is the next jailbreak coming out” (as opposed to complaining about something they feel I did wrong somehow, which is a different situation).
After reading Freeman’s lengthy post on Reddit, many couldn't help but wonder when a full biography is coming. What do you think? Would you read a biography on Jay Freeman and everything he has done for jailbreaking?
Tags for this Thread