Going Beyond Changing Your Phone’s Case

Y U No - Apple y u so restrictive

In this week’s lecture we were introduced to the idea of platform permissions and device ideologies. The philosophy of locked applications and generative platform plays into the idea whether we as a user have as much control over the devices we own that we think we do. For example, Apple devices are closed devices as the user is unable to chop-and-change the code to fit their preferences. Apple also has a ‘walled garden’ of apps, meaning that every app that is uploaded to the app store must be approved by Apple. It is evident that Apple has complete control over their devices as well as the user’s content and the user themselves. However, a generative platform like Android has capitalised on its philosophy to be open and free for its users. You are able to modify the code and the app store is an open garden, meaning anyone can upload an app to the Google Play store. Thus, Google does not control the user in what they can do with their device and their content. Check out this article comparing iOS, Android and Windows interface.

Can this notion of open and closed platforms be applied to other platforms?

Tumblr, depending on how you look at it, can be both an open and closed platform. Whilst users are able to post, create and share whatever they please on the website, there are copyright laws under DMCA that my inhibit a users ability to express themselves on the site. Though there is no intent make a profit or steal the work of others such as music, under the law, it restricts a user in someway thus suggesting it can be a closed platform. Check out this article about Tumblr cracking down on copyrighted songs being uploaded to the site.

As devices become more and more a part of our lives, does it really make sense to restrict how a user can use it? Restrict convergence?

Stay classy,

Tracy Bustamante



3 thoughts on “Going Beyond Changing Your Phone’s Case

  1. Love the post, it was easy to read and flow. But just some food for thought, Tumblr is classified as a social network and all social network sites have some sort of content policy that restricts users from post certain things onto these networks and I’m pretty sure Tumblr would have something similar. Therefore, can you really classify Tumblr as completely unrestricted? Or would it be more of a combination of both locked and generative sources? But all in all great post, keep it up!


  2. Great post Tracy.

    Like many others, I have been sucked into the Apple movement and most of my content I view and create are done so on these devices. I was recently faced with a first world problem regarding Apple and their devices realising my Macbook Pro did not have the HDMI input to connect to the TV, and that an Apple product must be purchased to perform this action. I then applied it to every aspect of Apple in regards of their software and it was quite boggling that I hadn’t noticed how much the company restricts it’s consumers, and therefore I was left feeling and looking like what your meme depicts.

    Yes, I have found myself on a very strange side of Tumblr whereby Zuckerberg would not allow that kind of content on his sites (including Instagram). I feel as if restriction will surely make consumers feel inept as the the technological world advances while they still are inside the restriction zone of companies like ‘Apple’.


    Sonny Nguyen

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