Friday, April 16, 2010

the marketplace of unmitigated, hateful nonsense

Update: It appears Apple may be prepared to reconsider Mr. Fiore's application and risk opening a can of worms.

It must have been a tough call, for whichever of the people Apple employees, to review iPhone/iPt/iPad apps that are submitted to the App Store, who was so unfortunate as to draw Mark Fiore's app. As an Apple employee, there's a pretty good chance they find a lot to agree with in the editorial content of Fiore's work, and would have liked to approve it, were it not clearly in violation of the section of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement covering objectionable material.

The point here is the precedent. If they were to allow Mr. Fiore's work into the store, on what basis could they refuse to allow Glenn Beck, or any of a hundred (thousand?) others of a similar stripe, to flaunt their drivel on the App Store?

I can't bring myself to blame Apple for not wanting to open up the App Store to such nonsense, nor for deciding that, in the interest of keeping it out, Mr. Fiore's work also had to be excluded.

(see the Dunning-Kruger effect, via Daring Fireball)

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