File under ZOMG! — Censored! Banned!

August 5, 2009
Ninjas are AWESOME

Ninjas are AWESOME

Two items in tech news caught my eye today.  The first was a story on CNET about Apple banning a dictonary application for the iPhone.  While I do not have an iPhone (yet) I’m a little disturbed at the censoring of a dictonary… More specifically of a NINJA dictonary.  WTF, Steve Jobs – ninjas are awesome!  Why would you censor them?  Seriously – don’t you know they’ll stealthly track you down and kick your ass for this censoring?

The important take away from the CNET article is just how hard it is to get an iPhone app approved for the app store.  AND that Apple censors content.  (Apparently Ninjawords was rejected b/c it contains references to “objectionable” words.  Um… hi?  That’s kind of stupid.  And, the article goes on to refer to another e-book app that was censored b/c it carried a link to The Karma Sutra.  I don’t know about you people; but, I don’t want Apple telling me what I can and cannot read.  I use technology for freedom and ease of use – I don’t need some exec’s moral sensibility imposed upon me, I have one of my own that’s rather sound.)

Second: The Marine Corps has banned social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, et al.

Okay – I get this – totally.  They are trying to “protect military secrets.”  I get that.  But, what about the thousands of men & women who are putting themselves in harm’s way in service to their country?  Some of these people have been deployed for years at a time and are cut off from their friends and family – meaning that Facebook and applications of similar design are one of the few ways that these brave men & women can remain connected to those they love.  Is this really fair?  Isn’t it a better idea to implment protocol about safe useage of social networking apps for military professionals?  Can’t y’all do some slick proxy work with all those resources you have to shield information being able to be gleaned from an IP?  I know you can.  This is extreme and really kind of shitty to those stuck overseas.

For the record — I’m hugely anti-war.  Though I’m pro-troops.  I know a lot of fine, fine people who have served in the military (including my childhood best friend and my Grandpa) and their choice to sacrifice their time and potentially their lives to protect my rights and freedom is a unselfish and honorable one.  If anything this country needs more advocates for military men and women.  (And, to repeal that bullshit “don’t ask, don’t tell.”)

That’s it from me today — my interview with Hope Larson for my “Women to Watch” column is supposed to run on BitchBuzz sometime today — I encourage you all to check it out.  I’ll be tweeting the URL as soon as it’s live.

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