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Jobs on porn

2010-05-16 22:34:18.752399+00 by Dan Lyke 9 comments

My next phone or tablet product will not be Apple. Steve Jobs on how their closed system offers "freedom":

...Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin’, and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is.

Via Big Ed.

[ related topics: Apple Computer Sexual Culture Civil Liberties ]

comments in descending chronological order (reverse):

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-18 14:59:54.952782+00 by: Dan Lyke

Because we don't have a good way to cross-link between blogs: http://www.eccentricflower.com..._Flower:201005/The_Wrong_Battles

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 22:12:16.359471+00 by: Dan Lyke

Thanks, Shadow, I didn't credit it but that's the source of http://www.flutterby.com/archives/comments/13119.html

At this point Apple's more tied up with stupid explanations for idiotic behavior than Facebook...

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 20:57:45.841329+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Vaguely related...


#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 18:23:42.874515+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, Mark, the issue I see is that Apple doesn't have to review porn, with the absence of Flash they'd just have to review a content deliver application. So the issue is clearly about "what we want our customers to be able to see", and I suspect that that's largely because Apple wants to control the content monetization system, and there's no way they can be seen as taking dollars for porn.

Which kind of finalizes my feeling that Apple has become the vendor of tools for consumers, not producers.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 17:13:28.182417+00 by: mvandewettering [edit history]

I must admit that I'm been giving this a lot of thought lately. I gave Corey Doctorow a little bit of crap for his "don't buy an ipad" posting, but since then have begun to reconsider. Apple's increasing insistence on controlling all aspects of development and distribution of applications does mean that we barely own an iPhone or iPad at all. Yes, it's a great bit of hardware, with some very nice bits of software, but it doesn't permit me to develop and deploy software in the way I would like, nor does it allow a lot of my friends to do so.

Apple's stand on porn apps is somewhat telling. Apple doesn't really want to be in the pornography business. I can empathize with that. Apple doesn't really want to have to review and approve porn apps. I can empathize with that. But that's the path they've chosen, since they've decided to make money off being the sole distributor for all software on the iPhone/iPad.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 16:27:59.857348+00 by: TC

Yup, I came to the same conclusion when the Flash debacle went down with Adobe and even suspected I wouldn't stay with Apple because of the iHandcuffs(iTunes) that limits a pretty slick piece of hardware. Love my iPhone but can see myself becoming a Droid(3 gen) customer especially if I can get back to the Sprint network.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 14:54:03.735131+00 by: Dan Lyke

I find it interesting that, between the iPad/iPhone trend and the execrable keyboard on the MacBook Pros, that the general trend of Apple has been from the company that the content creators adored, to devices that are hard to actually create stuff on.

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 14:37:37.696477+00 by: TheSHAD0W

"Why you think the net was born? Porn, porn, porn!"

#Comment Re: made: 2010-05-17 09:25:56.408497+00 by: meuon

Heck, I thought porn would be the "killer app" for an iPad, no keyboard to get messy, a good form factor for taking to bed... I can even envision an iCondom to help keep it clean. Add some teledildonics for an iGasm.