Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Quotation of the day for May 4, 2010

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Quotation of the Day for May 4, 2010

"Look, let's face it. The iPad is the most exciting opportunity for the media in many years. But if the press is ceding gatekeeper status, even if it's only nominally, over its speech, then it is making a dangerous mistake. Unless Apple explicitly gives the press complete control over its ability to publish what it sees fit, the news media needs to yank its apps in protest.

"Yes, this is that serious. It needs to wrest back control of its speech from Apple Inc.

"It's easy to do it now while the press has leverage over Apple. If the iPad becomes a significant driver of media revenue, and Apple decides to crack down, it will be too late (yes, the iPad has a Web browser, but the monetary leverage it could gain with apps is what's concerning).

"The press has got to step back and think about the broad implications of this. It would never let the government have such power over its right to publish. It shouldn't let any corporation have it, either. While it's at it, the media should campaign against speech restrictions for everybody."

- Ryan Chittum, in the Columbia Journalism Review, on Apple's censorship of apps for its products.


Submitted by: Terry Labach
Apr. 19, 2010

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