Everyone who knows me knows I am a Steve Jobs fanboi. I’ve been using Macs since January 1985, and yes, I have an iPhone and I will buy an iPad once I have the cash and they get to a few point upgrades (always a good idea with Apple). I use Keynote for my presentations, and Pages for my books and papers. I can even use some Unix in theTerminal.
So it pains me that the other thing I love most, freedom of expression, is being curtailed by Jobs’ iTunes store for Apps on the iPhone/Pad. No, I don’t care that they are excluding Flash or anyone using a non-standard SDK; that’s their business decision and control over interfaces and software has been a virtue in the Apple world. I mean their decision to censor Apps by content.
Apple; you have, as NPR points out, become the CBS of the early 21st century. You know, the mainstream broadcaster that along with the others used to censor free speech because it failed to meet “network broadcasting standards”, the self-imposed standards of the middle class and the corporations that sold to them in the 1950s. It’s this close to “UnAmerican Activities”. Which, as I recall from the 1984 ad that launched the Mac, was your target. Conformity? There’s an App for that.
Loosen the reins, and make the technical conformity the only thing that iTunes controls. It’s up to the users to decide what they see, hear or play with, not you. Controversy is the stuff of freedom and democracy, so get the hell out of our heads, OK? I guarantee, we will all love you the better for it. And buy more things that will add to the net worth of the corporation.