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May 25, 2010

There Ain't No Free [Apple] Lunch

The Open Source movement and Creative Commons
both derive from the Internet's essential freedom, a leveling that allows designers and filmmakers and singers and craftsmen and any number of writers, activists, politicians, artists, and entrepreneurs, many of them amateurs, to develop and disseminate their ideas. Imagine what the Internet, and our lives, would be like if, after inventing the Mosaic Web browser back in 1993, Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina not only required users to buy it but required payment for every click or download or page view. Try to imagine how a privatized, monetized Internet might have developed, and you can't, because its evolutionary path would have been so different. Apple's iPad apps may be ingenious. They may be fun and entertaining. They may be useful. What they can't be is free of Apple's control. -- The iPad Revolution | The New York Review of Books
Updated with a dash of Lileks: "Ah, if only the iPad was capable of accessing something outside of Apple's control, like the Internet. Then it would be perfect."

Posted by Vanderleun at May 25, 2010 11:47 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Ah, if only the iPad was capable of accessing something outside of Apple's control, like the Internet. Then it would be perfect.

Posted by: Lileks at May 25, 2010 4:03 PM

That's exactly it. For all Apple's raging hipitude, the Web as we know it was enabled my IBM's licensing of their operating system, which led to clones (and 80% of the market,) and ultimately to open-source software.

Hipsters are almost always control freaks. Scratch a liberal, find a Fascist. Every time.

Posted by: Rob De Witt at May 25, 2010 11:08 PM

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