The occasional, often ill-considered thoughts of a Roman Catholic permanent deacon who is ever grateful to God for his existence. Despite the strangeness we encounter in this life, all the suffering we witness and endure, being is good, so good I am sometimes unable to contain my joy. Deo gratias!


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Apple's Jobs: No Porn for iPhone & iPad

Occasionally common sense comes from uncommon places. Apple, Inc., that icon of the hi-tech counterculture -- you know, the folks who used to go to work in tie-dyed t-shirts just to drive those button-downed IBMers nuts -- has come down squarely on the side of morality and decency. 

In a response to an email complaining about Apple's restrictive policies on applications for the iPhone and iPad, Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, responded by talking about freedom:

"Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin', and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away."
Heavens! His take on freedom sounds remarkably similar to the Church's traditional theological understanding of freedom -- the freedom to do good and avoid evil.

And during a Q&A session in April, Jobs was asked whether Apple had "plans to allow unsigned applications on the iPhone?" (Unsigned applications are applications not approved by Apple.) Jobs' reply was beautiful:
"(W)e do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone...You know, there's a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That's a place we don't want to go - so we're not going to go there."
Three very loud cheers for Apple and Steve Jobs. His comments make me happy that I bought the iPhone and not one of the Android-based phones. I just may have to make the transition from PC to Mac. Now if I could only convince dear Diane to let me buy an iPad...

Here's a link to a story on Jobs' comments: Steve Jobs says 'No Porn' for iPhone and iPad Apps


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