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What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs

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The excerpt below is taken from an interesting article from the Gawker by Ryan Tate in the Censorship and Authoritarianism section:

"The internet allowed people around the world to express themselves more freely and more easily. With the App Store, Apple reversed that progress. The iPhone and iPad constitute the most popular platform for handheld computerizing in America, key venues for media and software. But to put anything on the devices, you need Apple's permission. And the company wields its power aggressively.

In the name of protecting children from the evils of erotica — "freedom from porn" — and adults from one another, Jobs has banned from being installed on his devices gay artgay travel guides,political cartoonssexy picturesCongressional candidate pamphletspolitical caricatureVoguefashion spreads, systems invented by the opposition, and other things considered morally suspect."


Is anyone else shocked to read about the prohibition of gay art and gay travel guides, in particular? As a proud iPhone owner and Apple supporter, I'm quite upset after reading this. I've been shell-shocked thinking about what else may not be an approved Application, among 60,000 applications that were available as of January 2011 ... I'm certain that count is only climbing. I certainly wouldn't place the ban blame on Jobs' shoulders alone, but I do find this problematic, especially because Apple financially supported No on Prop 8.

For the sake of adding some humor... to be clear, I wouldn't plan my "gay vacation" via my iPhone; I would at least use my Mac laptop.