Harry McCracken, on accusations by Richard Stallman and Eric Raymond that Steve Jobs built freedom-sapping digital “prisons”:
Tyranny? Nope, sorry. People who use Apple products considered
their options, and chose Apple. If they regret their decision,
they can dump it at any time. If you call Apple tyrannical,
you’re using a definition of the word so loose as to strip it of
any real meaning whatsoever.
It’s ridiculous. In a real prison, you can’t choose to leave.
★ Tuesday, 11 October 2011