Steve Jobs Spars With Critic Over “Freedom From Porn”

steve jobs spars with critic over freedom from porn

Over the weekend, Gawker.com blogger Ryan Tate sent an email to Jobs criticizing the use of the phrase “revolution” to describe the iPad in an Apple commercial. What followed was a remarkably open debate between the two, including a brief discussion about porn.

A lot of people dislike Apple’s somewhat arrogant appearance, but you have to give Steve Jobs credit for being willing to honestly answer questions from anybody. The answers might not appeal to you, but it is still remarkable that Apple’s controversial CEO is willing to enter into frank conversations with consumers- or critics.

Jobs has regularly answered emails to his sjobs@apple.com account, and has even hinted at upcoming announcements through conversations with customers. In fact, this isn’t the first time he has brought up porn in an email either. Last month he recommended that smartphone users that want porn on their phones should buy an Android based phone.

The email discussion, which can be read here in its entirety begins with Tate criticizing the ad, and Jobs firing back, and declaring that he wants freedom from porn.

“If Dylan was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with ‘revolution’,” Tate asked Jobs. “Revolutions are about freedom.”

“Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom,” Jobs replied. “The times they are a changin’, and some traditional PC folks feel like the world is slipping away. It is.”

From there, Tate’s replies get more aggressive. He criticizes Apple’s app approval process, to which Jobs replies that developers have a choice of whether or not to make apps for them, and he states that with 200,000 apps “something must be going right”.

In the final exchange, Tate says, “I don’t like Apple’s pet police force literally kicking in my co-worker’s door,” Referring to the San Mateo County sheriff’s raid of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen’s home.

“You are so minsinformed.” Jobs claimed. “No one kicked in any doors. You’re believing a lot of erroneous blogger reports.”

To his credit, Jobs continues to tackle the increasingly belligerent questions, and once Tate mentions that he is an employee of Gawker.com which owns Gizmodo, Jobs seems to not care, and continues to answer questions.

“By the way, what have you done that’s so great?” Jobs asked in closing. “Do you create anything, or just criticize others work and belittle their motivations.”

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