Calvin Freiburger

Left or Right, There’s an App for That

Posted on April 7 2010 5:06 pm
Hailing from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also writes for the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.
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Full disclosure: I’m an iPod Touch owner and a disgruntled PC user who for some time now has been dreaming of replacing his insufferable Dell laptop with a shiny new MacBook Pro.  (I still don’t get the iPad, though.)

With that said, I have to take issue with half of Elena Ives’ recent critique of Apple.  The company’s boycott of Glenn Beck is pathetic, and while Apple has the right to sponsor whoever they want, they’re by no means immune from criticism for their motives or values.

However, it’s unfair to suggest that Apple is “promoting” scumbag leftist murder Che Guevara with the “Guevara” iPhone app.  For one thing, it’s not “their” app.  Most of the iTunes Store’s content is made by independent developers, and as I understand it, Apple’s content policy is generally “anything goes” except for explicit sexual applications.

In fact, there’s no shortage of conservative content on iTunes – numerous conservative personalities, including Michael Reagan and Mark Levin, have audiobooks and podcasts available on the service, and there are also apps for using your iPhone to find local radio stations broadcasting Rush Limbaugh.  As Mediaite notes, there are even such apps for Glenn Beck and Fox News, too.

If you want to argue that Apple should be more strict in what content they allow, that’s a fair point.  But the company’s generally laissez-faire approach is not at all the same thing as actively promoting such odious figures.

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