March 22nd, 2012 | By Polypomp

Steve Jobs Says, ‘The Internet is NOT For Porn.’

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No Porn Here.

The Internet is a revolutionary technology. This once meant merely that the Internet revolutionized the way our world worked, completely changing how humanity was to interact with one another for all time.

Now, it also can mean that it is a revolutionary technology because it has been used to spark and sustain revolutions. But that isn’t all the Internet is for, it is whatever you make it to be and can be used for nearly any cause, legal or illegal.

In a previous article I discussed the interplay of online pornography and Internet piracy, and alluded to the urban legend that the porn industry was crucial in the creation of the public Internet. Though the adult industry may not have helped birth the Internet, there can be little doubt that it’s nearly impossible to avoid porn online, leaving some reputable sources to state that the Internet is for porn. If you’d like some more solid metrics on the Internet and porn check out this link.

Not everyone agrees with this viewpoint. With all new technologies there are attempts to control them, especially revolutionary technologies like the Internet (see Egypt’s effort to blackout the Internet to stop protests organized on Twitter/Facebook). What was done in Egypt can rightly be called an act fascism, just like efforts here in the US. Not all acts of fascism are perpetrated by governments, some are the purview of corporations, especially in the system of global capitalism that rules the world today. Not all corporations are as blatantly fascist as Walmart; the union breaking, LGBT and woman hating, anti-first Amendment, and otherwise insultingly Un-American “All American Business.” Some are more subtly controlling, like the trendy technology giant Apple. Fun fact, if you Google search “apple” nothing on the first page actually relates to the fruit; now that is marketing that only a multi-billion dollar ad budget can buy.

Like many of my friends, you may be a devote adherent of the cult of Jobs, buying every Apple product you can get your greasy hands on, and potentially camping out for days on a sidewalk to buy the newest one before anyone else, only to repeat the cycle in 6 months; perhaps you went so far as to raise a bronze idol of your God.

This blog post isn’t about that. It’s not a post about kicking a man when he is down, it is bad karma to talk smack on someone who can’t defend themselves, even if their personal negligence may be a major contributing reason they are dead. This post is not even about the untimely death of Steve Jobs, which is tragic. This is a post about the unreasonable censorship that Jobs mandated on Apple products like some kind of techno-pope for the sake of protecting the kids, while millions more are abused daily in sweatshops in China to make Apple products. Thankfully, it’s not just children that Apple abuses, adults are also forced to work fifteen hour days at slave wages. On the other hand, at least they are doing something, being the, “only major technology company to audit its supply chain and publish the results.” To think, all of this suffering just to produce the ‘totally cool’ gadgets people buy every few months to replace the “outdated” old model from last year. God bless planned obsolescence.

Speaking of new gadgets, it’s about time you took a sledgehammer to that worthless old iPad 2 you have, as the “resolutionary” iPad 3 was just released last week. You may be wondering, what actually makes the iPad 3 “resolutionary,” presumably a word created by Steve Jobs before he died meaning “it’s resolution is so good it’s revolutionary,” look he for a side by side comparison with the iPad 2. If you’re a devotee of Jobs you may have never thought to ask yourself, “what kind of revolution is Apple trying to bring about?” Like with nearly all major corporations there is a dark side of the Apple.

One man has launched a personal crusade against Apple, specifically the now-dead Steve Jobs. Ryan Tate, as a blogger on Gawker, is on one side of a modern-day Hatfield and McCoy feud, with Apple on the other side, all over an illicitly obtained iPhone. One evening while his wife was out of town, armed with nothing but a Stinger cocktail and his wits, Tate got into it with Jobs. Like many late night arguments on the Internet this one ended with some very choice quotes, the major one being Jobs saying that the Apple revolution, namely the iPad, offered “freedom from porn.” Now we know what kind of revolution they are promising, some sick reverse sexual revolution where baby is put in the corner and Pandora’s box is hermetically sealed.

It’s not just about freedom from porn. It is also a revolution to achieve freedom from cartoons about Tiger Woods sex life, Vogue France, sightseeing guides, and even legitimate German news magazines which raises serious concerns about freedom of the press. For a period of time, it was also a revolution to achieve freedom from Adobe flash. While there were valid reasons for Apple’s opposition to Flash, they were all solved if developers merely used a cross compiler.

Many of Tate’s concerns are in the past. For example, Apple does allow programers to use cross-compilers  now. Despite this, problems remain for programmers, largely due to fraud in the Apple app store negatively impacting legitimate businesses collaterally. The issue of fraud is also pressing for any individual using the Apple app store, iTunes store, or anything linked to an Apple account, as the same password can be used to access all of them.

While researching for this article I talked to a friend with a iPhone 4GS, and they were able to download a Vogue Paris app and Maxim app. It would seem that Apple has relaxed their policies in the days after Jobs. These applications did come with a “you must be over 17” warning, but you to click through it without having to provide any password. Perhaps there is a parental control that can be turned on, but it would seem the kids aren’t terribly protected here either.

What is lost in this entire discussion of freedom from porn is that this discussion focuses solely on the Apple app market. It ignores the fact that people can still go to websites like redtube or pornotube and countless other websites that have pornographic content without interference from Apple’s censors. Looked at in this light, the entire debate over freedom from porn is moot and a red herring from the real issue here, over-regulation of the Apple app market hinders developers’ innovation and limits the profits Apple makes by limiting what consumers can buy.

Looked at in this light, Tate was just trying to give Jobs some sound business advice, albeit a bit drunkenly and disorderly; regardless, it’s a bad idea to tell your customers “if you don’t like it, go to the other guy.” Instead of hurting sales, telling people to “piss off” actually has increased Apple’s sales with trendy hipsters everywhere. Coincidentally, the “Hipster” app is now at the center of a class action lawsuit against Apple, and others, for illegally obtaining personal information.

In the end, if you want more freedom in your app market and the ability to download so-called lewd applications, take Steve Jobs advice and buy an Android product, or any other competitor. If you don’t care, or if you care more about a brand name than your phones functionality (such as being able to run flash), then stick with Apple and be part of their revolution. But I get the feeling their revolution is one that only allows dancing if you are wearing black in front of a brightly colored background, and thus one that I don’t care to take part in. If I can’t dance where I want to, to the beat I want, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.

Comments

  • Gaj Qubic

    This is *incredibly* well-researched and superbly written, PP. And highly informative, as in Gaj-had-no-fucking-clue informative. Thank you!

  • http://about.me/tizzwall tizz wall

    Android all the way, baby.

    Also, super well written, well researched article.  Excellent work.

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  • Lizzzphoto

    My husband is so anti-Apple, it’s not even funny.  I forwarded this on to him.  Thanks to you and your very well written article, he has even more ammunition under his belt next time he gets into a iAnything vs. everything else discussion.