Friday, May 22, 2009

Apple's giant leap backward

I love InformationWeek blogger Michael Hickins' post about Apple's weird prudishness. I particularly like the passage Hickins quotes from U.S. District Judge John Woolsley's 1933 decision to allow Ulysses into the U.S.:
The words which are criticized as dirty are old Saxon words known to almost all men and, I venture, to many women, and are such words as would be naturally and habitually used, I believe, by the types of folk whose life, physical and mental, Joyce is seeking to describe... Whether or not one enjoys such a technique as Joyce uses is a matter of taste on which disagreement or argument is futile, but to subject that technique to the standards of some other technique seems to me to be little short of absurd.

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