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Steve Jobs Wants To Offer You “Freedom From Porn”

by Sean P. Aune | May 21, 2010May 21, 2010 12:40 pm PDT

Steve Jobs has become an e-mailing machine as of late.  Perhaps it is because the iPad offers him a larger keyboard?  Whatever the case may be, Mr. Jobs has to be well aware that seemingly everything he writes in response to people is becoming a matter of public record.  The number of articles written about his e-mail responses have become staggering.  I’m waiting for someone to ask him what his favorite color is and the response being turned into a multi-part story on the Apple gossip blogs about how it has clearly influenced Apple design over the years with large color example photos and a description of its numbering RBG color chart and how that must reflect his personality.

You get the idea.

So, when Ryan Tate of Gawker Media e-mailed Mr. Jobs about his annoyance at a new iPad commercial, not only did he receive a reply, he ended up in an ongoing conversation with the famously opinionated CEO.  Considering the bad blood between Apple and Gawker over the iPhone 4G story, you would have thought that Mr. Jobs would have ceased the conversation when he learned who Mr. Tate works for, but to his credit, he kept going.  You can tell in his final e-mail that he was fed up with the exchange as he ends it with:

“By the way, what have you done that’s so great? Do you create anything, or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations?”

Okay … ouch.

A lot of people have been focusing on that closing line, but what I found far more interesting was his seeming anti-porn crusade that popped up early in the conversation.

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I love how he nonchalantly throws that in there.  Because, I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t aware I was being oppressed by porn.  Thank goodness he’s on the case and shall lead us to a land where we are free of it.  He is truly the Moses of our times it would seem.

He explained later on in the exchange that Mr. Tate, who was defending porn, would feel differently once he had kids, and that may be true, but isn’t it ultimately the job of the parents to decide what to protect their kids from?  I’m not saying lets fill the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad with porn — they all have a Web browser, Steve, trust me, it’s out there for them to see — but is it really Apple’s job to be the one to decide we need “freedom from porn”?  Yes, the App Store is a closed system, and it is their right to say no to porn.  This is no different than a retail store not carrying certain products,  it is Apple’s right to decide to do the same with its store.

holy steve jobsI just keep coming back to the Web browser, though.  Mr. Jobs has gone on and on about the evils of Flash, and by not including Flash he did cut out a lot of the access to video porn on line.  The problem is that he is going on about the wonders of HTML5, and how it will allow online video again.  Anyone want to guess what a lot of the porn sites have said they are switching to?  Of course they’re going to change to HTML5, there is just too much money to be made by making pornography accessible on Apple’s devices.  I’m not sure if Jobs is somehow thinking that no porn apps is somehow keeping it away from his devices, or is he really so deluded to think that no one will go out with the browser and find it.  Where there’s a will, there is always a way.

Like I said, I’m not looking for porn to show up in the App Store personally.  Maybe it has something to do with my age, but I just don’t care about it any more.  What I do care about is how Steve Jobs now seems to be using his e-mails as a way to spread his agenda through the media.  He knows these e-mails get out, he knows that articles such as this very one will get written, so was this a calculated bit of info he wanted out, or does he really need to just stop e-mailing for a bit so he stops looking like a holier-than-thou demagogue?

What say you?  Does Steve Jobs need to take a mini-vacation from his sudden e-mail barrage?  Is he right about our need for freedom from porn?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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