Friday, June 18, 2010

Buy an iPrude © and support censorship!

With a hat tip to Things You May Have Missed, news that Apple censors Ulysses. Now, what was that about the heavy hand of government?

© Peter Rozovsky 2010

5 Comments:

Blogger seana said...

The updates on the post show that Apple 'rethought' this. But you see the problem. And it's a bigger problem that this is reported on Slate which is of course highly affiliated with Microsoft. And I'm not entirely sure what reporting this all on a Google blog makes the waters any less murky.

We can but try.

June 18, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Apple rethought its policy and, to the spokeswoman's credit, she used the word "mistake." But this issue is similar to the Amazon-Macmillan e-book pricing dispute. The issue is very much less which side is right, and very much more the danger of too much concentration of power in too few hands.

This problem is not confined to high-tech companies, of course, though the problem is worse there because of the abjectness with which the public and media prostrate themselves at those companies' feet. Even on old-fashioned retailing, Hard Casr Crime had to clean up this cover because one big retailer -- Wal-Mart -- said that "We don't like dirty feet or butt cleavage," according to Hard Case's Charles Ardai.

June 18, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Its reporting on the Microsoft-affiliated Slate is yet one more reason to be wary of excessive concentration of power.

June 18, 2010  
Blogger seana said...

I think this state of affairs is now a given, and people are going to have figure out strategies for circumventing Uncle Apple, Papa Bing and Cousin Google.

I don't have any answers, of course, but I think a certain critical stance is important.

June 19, 2010  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Trouble is, the folks who figure out how to do that could become diversions useful for keeping the heat off Dear Leader Steve or the Google Democratic Republic or Big Brother Facebook.

I'd be able to choke back the vitriol a lot more easily if more people were able to maintain thar critical stance or at least a skeptical attitude.

June 19, 2010  

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