Diehards

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Freedom?

Steve Jobs is out of order. I know my rights and one of them is to have my lack of imagination exploited by an insidious industry. Jobs' job is to ensure the porn industry's continuing freedom to exploit, not just me, but all men who can never remember what a tush looks like when the need arises.

To me the porn industry is not unlike boxing: vulnerable youth becomes a commodity for the entertainment of those who can pay, and those who can pay are vulnerable enough.

Thank goodness someone with a voice is making a stand, even if it is a hopeless one as the carpet encrusters are saying.

I don't get the 'freedom of speech' argument that's being used against Jobs. How does pornography come under that banner? Do tell.

11 comments:

Lulu LaBonne said...

Great to read that, and astonishing how weak the arguments against Jobs look.

Eryl Shields said...

I was completely startled when I read some of the arguments. If I had a shop I would only want to stock things that reflected my own ethos, I wouldn't, for example, sell instant coffee if I had a grocery store.

angryparsnip said...

It is his product, he can put what ever he wants on. No one is forcing anyone to buy it. Buy a phone that lets you put porn on it.
We see how well that worked out on Wall Street when the industry overseers were watching porn on their computers instead of the banks and market insiders.

I have a real problem when anyone brings out the "freedom of speech" argument and forgets the "your freedoms only go as far as they don't impinge on mine" part of the statement.
Living on the Arizona/Mexico boarder as I do, we all see what comes illegally across the border and human trafficking is a huge horrible problem along with the violence against women that comes with it.
Did I ramble on ? sorry

Eryl Shields said...

That wasn't rambling, that was erudition, Parsnip. Interesting, isn't it, how certain types forget that other part of the deal? I read a comment from man yesterday trying to argue that there is no such thing as 'freedom from' only 'freedom to.' Tell that to those who suffer from violence, starvation, incarceration, disease, etc., I thought.

Carole said...

Good post. With technological advances one never knows what arguments are going to forward under the banner of freedoms.

I have trouble figuring out my computer without hopping on the ipad bandwagon.

newjenny said...

Not having heard of the man, I thought you were describing your husband's employment at first. I became increasingly puzzled.

Eryl Shields said...

Carole ~ thank you. These arguments seem to rear up every now and again, but this, it seems to me, is the first time a man with a voice as loud as Steve Jobs has come down on the anti pornography side. I don't suppose it will make a huge difference in the end, but little steps...

I'd definitely buy an iPad if I had the money. Just the idea of being able to have all my books in one tiny device thrills me.

Jenny ~ ha! I can see why it would have bewildered you.

Golden West said...

Seems to me the developer of the product gets to chose what goes into it. If enough stockholders disagree, they can replace the directors. The public can buy the product that best suits their needs.

Kim Ayres said...

It's his product, he has the freedom to choose what goes with it. If you were running a gallery, it would be your choice what you put on the walls. I don't see the problem.

Eryl Shields said...

Golden ~ exactly!

Kim ~ I don't see it either, but an awful lot of people seem to banging on about censorship which this isn't, as far as I can see.

Meri said...

Pornography aside, I'm sorry you were so mistreated creatively by that awful teacher when you were just a wee thing.