Dystopian Applenet

I’ve never warmed up to Jonathan Zittrain’s use of the term “generativity” but understanding its meaning is critical to understanding why the Internet grew as it did over the past twenty years. The Internet’s open protocols and platform enabled creation of what now must be hundreds of thousands of applications that expanded the Internet’s utility.  The NYTimes article titled “Apple Places New Limits on App Developers” made me think of Zittrain’s The Future of the Interent–And How to Stop It.  If Apple had invented the Internet it would have a dazzling look and feel and a fraction of our Internet’s utility.  It would be tethered to Apple’s control mania.  I don’t question Apple’s right to impose limits on developers of iPhone and iPad apps.  I’m just reiterating Zittrain’s point about the benefits of open, freely-adaptable, not-centrally-controlled technology.

5 thoughts on “Dystopian Applenet”

  1. Apple claims that its right to limit developers of iPhone and iPad apps are linked to concerns of quality. They're aware of the benefits of open platforms (hence app market), but because Apple hasn't been able to run java-based application on its OS platforms without it compromising the smooth, slick, and simple brand image, (flash crashes my safari browser all the time) they simply chose to cut off java altogether. True, a lot of java-based creativity may be lost, but hey, at least the countless incompatibilities that Apple claims they can't solve because developers write "bad code" that conflict with its OS… won't exist.

    However, I'm not really convinced that the smart guys at Apple can't figure patches to fix general crashes that java-based programs create… Aren't they a software company?

  2. Superb post but I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject?
    I’d be very thankful if you could elaborate a little bit further.


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