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Reality Check (Apple)

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What Everyone Is Too Polite to Say About Steve Jobs

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| 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.
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| In the name of protecting children from the evils of erotica â "freedom from 
| porn" â and adults from one another, Jobs has banned from being installed on 
| his devices gay art, gay travel guides, political cartoons, sexy pictures, 
| Congressional candidate pamphlets, political caricature, Vogue fashion 
| spreads, systems invented by the opposition, and other things considered 
| morally suspect.
| 
| Apple's devices have connected us to a world of information. But they don't 
| permit a full expression of ideas. Indeed, the people Apple supposedly serves 
| â "the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers" â have been particularly put 
| out by Jobs' lockdown. That America's most admired company has followed such 
| an un-American path, and imposed centralized restrictions typical of the 
| companies it once mocked, is deeply disturbing.
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