Apple launching iPad with explicit content in App Store

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  • Reply 101 of 110
    allblueallblue Posts: 393member
    I have a certain sympathy with Apple here, because they are in a no-win situation. Whatever their approach a vocal minority will take offence, so they will have to try to tiptoe down some sort of middle path. This problem is only going to get worse when iBooks comes online. How on earth do they decide what literature is 'too sexually explicit'? At what point does art end and pornography begin? It is a wholly subjective view with no simplistic cut-and-dried boundary. Is the Kama Sutra acceptable? What about "Lady Chatterley's Lover"? Expect much frothing at the mouth and sanctimonious pontificating from here on in... for ever.
  • Reply 102 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by success View Post


    This is the only post needed on this thread.



    If you don't get it, you're an idiot.



    Not all book stores sell porn or even erotic fiction.



    Each store decides what sort of books it will carry.



    Christian bookstores generally opt not to sell porn.



    My favourite bookstore - sells on Fantasy and Science Fiction. Is it censorship that they don't sell bibles or porn? No. It's specialization.



    Apple likely won't sell porn even in the explict section - just making a place for material that isn't suitable for younger kids.
  • Reply 103 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cranky View Post


    I too, am against censorship. However, one single company deciding to not sell a single genre type of product, i.e., porn, is not censorship. The government stepping in and saying that nobody at all is allowed to sell porn, is censorship. Therefore Apple or any other company deciding not to make porn available through their outlets doesn't mean they are guilty of censorship.



    Thats right. Only the government can censor.
  • Reply 104 of 110
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,308member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    A perfect example of users themselves creating problems for Apple:



    "We don't want this filth!"



    "Down with censorship!"



    "We should have a choice!"



    "There's too much junk in the App Store!"



    "I should be able to view whatever *I* want on *my* iPhone!"



    "Apple shouldn't sell porn!"





    Apple doesn't need to make up their mind.



    WE do.





    LOL, well said. Sound like real life doesn't it?
  • Reply 105 of 110
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,308member
    Concepts of decency are different in different places. Americans, and I am one, have to realize that much of what is thought of as shocking in the USA is considered normal and healthy in Europe, remember they threw out the Puritans we embraced at Plymouth Rock . So Apple have to have a system to cater for a wider audience than the bible belt. So IMHO they are correct to simply adopt a recognized system for separating the content by a similar system as movies do. How can people complain if they are forewarned about content?
  • Reply 106 of 110
    maximaramaximara Posts: 305member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Quadra 610 View Post


    A perfect example of users themselves creating problems for Apple:



    "We don't want this filth!"



    "Down with censorship!"



    "We should have a choice!"



    "There's too much junk in the App Store!"



    "I should be able to view whatever *I* want on *my* iPhone!"



    "Apple shouldn't sell porn!"





    Apple doesn't need to make up their mind.



    WE do.



    Actually the real problem is some people don't realize that some of these ideas oppose one another.



    A related problem is the issue of not being able to please all people all the time.
  • Reply 107 of 110
    the new lil wayne cd has lyrics that would make larry flint blush. yet I can download and listen to the entire offensive album if I choose too from itunes. (I choose not too) Who is it to decide that the words in his lyrics are more or less offensive than anything that playboy would put in an app?



    Any browser you use can take you to the nastiest stuff you've ever seen if you know what to search for. if you don't want to see it, it's pretty easy to stay away. the fact that you are using a smut distribution tool to post your comment against smut distribution is hilarious... don't think that your browser was written with distributing smut in mind? go to: tools - start private browsing and experience a feature built specifically in every modern browser so that you can find all that nasty stuff on the net and your wife won't be able to see what you are looking at.
  • Reply 108 of 110
    naboozlenaboozle Posts: 213member
    This opens up whole new avenues for the "mutli-touch" interface.
  • Reply 109 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by technohermit View Post


    Oh, good. I thought it was likening me to a resident troll here. I don't see how any of my comments are similar to his, though. I don't mind have a different opinion, but I do not like being lumped in with the uninformed or arrogant resident trolls lingering around here.



    Here is a definition of censorship, as I did read a dictionary definition or two prior to posting my comments:



    censorship |ˈsensərˌ sh ip|

    noun

    the practice of officially examining books, movies, etc., and suppressing unacceptable parts : details of the visit were subject to military censorship.



    You see, the parts in that definition, correct? And if you re-read my comments, you'll see that they do make sense. Or probably not, because you obviously feel your opinions are more valuable than mine.



    That is a perfectly fine definition,. but it is not the only correct definition. If that was the only one in your dictionary, you might want to look at a more inclusive dictionary.
  • Reply 110 of 110
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by technohermit View Post


    I don't need help with it, and honestly, your condescending tone isn't warranted. Just because I have a different opinion you think your stance is superior?




    The meanings of words are rarely a matter of opinion. Rather, they are a matter of consensus, gleaned by writers of good dictionaries.
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