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April 23, 2009

Culture of Death Loses a Skirmish

The New York Times is appalled: after only two days, Apple's App Store acknowledged public outrage by removing an iPhone application called "Baby Shaker," which entails shaking an image of a baby until it dies. Screeches the Gray Lady's Saul Hansell:

I'm troubled by the way Apple caved into pressure here. … The last thing we need is for the new digital world to replicate the mushy homogeneity of network television in the 1950s.

In the liberal media, mere mention of the nightmare era of the 1950s — when Americans believed in themselves and could distinguish right from wrong — is enough to scare the herd into agreement.

Hansell should have mentioned that "Baby Shaker" has a redeeming social value: it instills liberal principles by reminding people that a baby's life is worthless, and the only thing that matters is your own cheap and fleeting gratification.

On a tip from Puffdaddy.

Posted by Van Helsing at April 23, 2009 6:56 AM

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"Hansell should have mentioned that "Baby Shaker" has a redeeming social value: it instills liberal principles by reminding people that a baby's life has no value, and the only thing that matters is your own cheap and fleeting gratification."

Precisely...

Posted by: Dave M at April 23, 2009 7:17 AM

Dingbat says:

Do we want Apple to be able to block applications that include praises for the Palm Pre or criticisms of the salary of Steve Jobs?

Um, they are already "able" to do that if they so choose. They are a private entity.

Mr. Hansell is free to disagree with Apple's decision all he wants, as is his right. However, what an odd choice of words, questioning whether a corporation "should be able" to act freely in regards to one of its products. Interesting indeed.

Posted by: cowlove at April 23, 2009 7:19 AM

And its this same NEW YORK SLIMES that come out in favor of more gun control laws no wonder its losing readers

Posted by: SPURWING PLOVER at April 23, 2009 7:31 AM

When I started reading this I thought the NYT would be screeching that this application even appeared in the first place. This application as described is so wrong on so many levels, it is no wonder that people in the Middle East think that we are a corrupt society.

Posted by: Nancy at April 23, 2009 7:33 AM

Funny, they want unborn babies killed in droves, now they want to allow the simulated deaths of born babies.

I think the NYT would be all for censorship if the app had you whipping a black slave to death, or shooting at Jews in a concentration camp. I guess they get to choose what is PC and what isn't.

Posted by: LoneWolfArcher at April 23, 2009 8:12 AM