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Apple and Political Satire software Application’s ……..

The Dog is a Mac user true and true….Have been over 15 years…..

So sometimes to it’s good to push the ‘brand’ and sometimes it good to put ‘other’ views out there….

This from the Washington Post.. on the Apple tendency to be bit close minded…..Comic Riffs

The saga of the Rejected Political-Cartoon App rears its head again. Only this time, the heat of a Pulitzer has helped stoke the fires of controversy.

On Monday, Comic Riffs spoke with political animator Mark Fiore…… about his iPhone app that he says Apple rejected back in December. That rejection might have been end-of-story. Except that coverage of his Pulitzer win cast a spotlight on the app rejection. And in a case of conspicuous timing, Apple suddenly has urged Fiore to resubmit his app, the cartoonist says.

Haven’t we been down this road before? And more important: Hasn’t Apple yet decided how to resolve the larger issue of political satire apps instead of suffering PR black-eyes with each skirmish?

Both questions, of course, are rhetorical.

As MAD artist Tom Richmond told Comic Riffs last November, his iPhone app “Bobblehead Rep” — a literal database of congressional representatives developed by entrepreneur/filmmaker Ray Griggs — was rejected by Apple. The reason? According to the official rejection letter, Richmond said, his app was turned down because “it ridicules public figures” and “is in violation of Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement.”

On Monday, Fiore and I even discussed Richmond’s initially rejected app — as well as the initially rejected app of political-cartoon syndicator Daryl Cagle — after Fiore mentioned that he’d had an iPhone app (titled “NewsToons”) rejected.

The reason for the rejection? According to Fiore, citing Apple’s language: It “ridicules public figures.” (Yep. Deja-vu all over again.)


April 17, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , ,

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