Culture Magazine

Apple HAS Become Big Brother

By Bbenzon @bbenzon
From the NYTimes:
DUBLIN — It took nearly 30 years for “The Joshua Tree,” the 1987 album that was U2’s breakout ticket to megastardom, to reach 30 million people. “Songs of Innocence,” which was released on Sept. 9 as part of the unveiling of the iPhone 6, pulled that off in three weeks. Bono, the band’s leader, explained as much to the packed audience at the Web Summit here, saying that 100 million people had listened to a song or two and that 30 million people had listened to the whole album.
It was not without costs, even though it was given away. The album was pushed onto the playlists of some 500 million iTunes users, and Apple and U2 ended up in stockades on the web for what many consumers saw as an unwanted intrusion into their most personal territory — their music collection.
Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister, rang in the first day of the Web Summit, a gathering of tech and media industries, in Dublin on Nov. 4.Ireland Vies to Remain Silicon Valley’s Low-Tax Home Away From HomeNOV. 9, 2014 As a mushroom cloud of discontent erupted, Bono engaged in what sounded like contrition in a video posted on the band’s Facebook page as part of a Q. and A. with fans. One of them asked why U2 thought they could embed themselves in people’s phones without so much as a how-do-you-do.
What WERE they thinking? That they OWN us?
Back in 1984, in one of the best-known and best TV advertisements ever, Apple introduced the MacIntosh by pitching itself as a rebellious upstart against IBM as dictatorial megacorp:

Now who's the hegemonic megacorp?
Of course, it's not simply Apple that's at fault here. U2 is hardly an innocent bystander in this fiasco. Just why do they think they've got the right to push themselves down our web-enabled throats?

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Sundaze 57


    After a BUSY week at Chez Chai, it comes as no surprise that this miniature Sundaze installment is scheduled! Nope, we’re not in real-time right now and by the... Read more

    8 hours, 53 minutes ago by   Winyeemichelle
  • Fabb Review & Unboxing of My Envy Box of July’17

    Fabb Review Unboxing Envy July’17

    Hey Everyone, Hope you are doing well. Today I am going to talk about My Envy Box of July month. I received this day before yesterday and I am so excited to... Read more

    9 hours, 42 minutes ago by   Dreamtechie
  • God’s Own Country

    God’s Country

    On a complete whim, we decided on a mini tour of Yorkshire. As England’s largest traditional county by far, it was a very teeny weeny tour encompassing just... Read more

    9 hours, 53 minutes ago by   Jackscott
  • Thoughts of the Week

    1. We've been in home improvement mode lately and I love it. Tiger put in a wood heater and he put up curtains in our bedroom and the nursery. It makes the hous... Read more

    12 hours, 50 minutes ago by   Glossqueen
  • Peach & Blueberry Crumble

    Peach Blueberry Crumble

    This is a delicious dessert to make when the blueberry bushes are just dripping with fruit. We are not quite there yet in our garden, but it won't be long now,... Read more

    15 hours, 53 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
  • Concert Review: The New Teen Titans

    Concert Review: Teen Titans

    The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America marks five years at Carnegie Hall. by Paul J. Pelkonen Members of the National Youth Orchestra of... Read more

    16 hours, 50 minutes ago by   Superconductor
  • My Dilemma


    I’ve not been around much lately, not that the few readers I have left would notice, but it’s been a crazy month.   I bought a new house  and I’m also in the... Read more

    17 hours, 36 minutes ago by   Laurken

Paperblog Hot Topics