Irony of the day: Steve Jobs rails against walled gardens?

Summary:In researching today's earlier blog post (about Apple and the fine line between journalists and bloggers it may have erased), I came across a post that's a little more than a year old by John Battelle (about Apple suing bloggers).

In researching today's earlier blog post (about Apple and the fine line between journalists and bloggers it may have erased), I came across a post that's a little more than a year old by John Battelle (about Apple suing bloggers).  In it, Battelle led off with:

Last night Steve Jobs gave a great interview with Kara [Swisher] and Walt [Mossberg], and I was with him for most of it - with him as he railed against the walled gardens of cable and mobile phone operators, with him as he showed really cool new iTunes/RSS/Podcasting integration, with him as he dodged questions about whether Apple was going to get into the video market.

Railed against the walled gardens of cable and mobile phone operators? Boy, if this isn't a case of tea-kettle-black, I don't know what is.  At the time, Apple was erecting what, to this day, is one of the most dangerous and proprietary walled gardens in all of technology (with the walls being based on Apple's proprietary FairPlay digital rights management technology -- what I call C.R.A.P.: see CRAP, The Movie and CRAP, The Sequel).  What a hypocrite (Jobs, not Battelle).

Topics: Apple

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