Human Rights are only ever exploited for profit or power

I have been following this story for some days now, and I can’t figure out why US companies and brands are standing up for freedom of speech. The worst offender in this, in my opinion, is Apple, the so-called champion of privacy and human rights in the tech industry.

From Ars Technica:

“The app has been used to target and ambush police” in Hong Kong, Apple claims.

Source: In flip-flop, Apple bans app used by Hong Kong protestors

 

From Charles Mok’s Twitter:

Today I wrote to Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, to tell him his company’s decision to remove HKmap live app from Appstore will cause problems for normal Hong Kong’s citizens trying to avoid police presence while they are under constant fear ofpolice brutality. Values over profits, pls!

Source: https://twitter.com/charlesmok/status/1182336160611201024

 

I understand that no decision is easy. That there are many consequences to decisions from either angle. I also understand that this does not comport with Apple’s marketing and until now, what I thought to be a core philosophy.

 

From Nick Start writing for The Verge:

Apple capitulating to the Chinese government is nothing new. The company’s deep business interests in China, which include a majority of its consumer electronics supply chain, mean that in almost all cases, it abides by the country’s censorship policies and its sensitive reactions to any and all criticism of the Chinese government.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/9/20907228/apple-quartz-app-store-china-removal-hong-kong-protests-censorship

 

Apple must be scrambling for time. I can’t imagine they would want to continue to rely on Chinese manufacturers to assemble iPhones and other devices for them. While it is certain that this isn’t a decision one can do overnight, even with the power a company like Apple has, it also must be done in as little time as possible.

How long could that take? 1 year? 3 years? 10?

My guess is this is closer to 10 than 1.

Sufjan Stevens and the Curious Case of how Pitchfork remains relevant today

The article is supposed to be about the 50 states PR move around the, then new, artist Sufjan Stevens. It is about that, but this is the piece that kills me:

The tipping point came in late July. Pitchfork, the increasingly influential arbiter of indie (full disclosure: I am a contributor there), had given the album a lukewarm review—“a 7.5,” Gill claims, “and it wasn’t Best New Music.” Except the site’s top editor, Ryan Schreiber, had not actually heard it. “We were bugging him to actually listen to it. And then he listened to it and he freaked out and he was like, ‘I can’t believe we gave this album a 7.5,’” Gill says.

Pitchfork is such a waste of space. They were/are so influential, yet clearly are fine with making up scores and standing behind articles written about albums that hadn’t listened to.

Source: Sufjan Stevens and the Curious Case of the Missing 48 States

Vampire Weekend – Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

Month of Summer Music!

Box Elder – Pavement

Month of Summer Music!

Foxygen – San Francisco

Month of summer music

Len – Steal My Sunshine

Month of summer music

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Psychic Love Damage

Month of summer music

No Vacation – Dræm Girl

Summer Music!

In a way to get me to post things more often. I plan to do a song a day for the next month. Music to celebrate summer! If you follow me via email, I hope you continue to do so after a more frequent update cycle from yours truly.

In my best attempt, I will try to embed youtube videos, however, I understand that some of those songs my not be available on youtube, and even if it is, not available in all countries.

If you wish to suggest a song, or need it as a link to another service, leave a comment.

The North Face Cheated Google Search Results by Mass Editing Wikipedia Articles

I find this disgusting. Yes, the brand violated Wikipedia’s Terms of Use, but more importantly, they promoted a company by violating the integrity of one of the few remaining ideals of the Internet.

The brand and agency took pictures of athletes wearing the brand while trekking to famous locations around the world, including Brazil’s Guarita State Park and Farol do Mampimptuba, Cuillin in Scotland and Peru’s Huayna Picchu. They then updated the Wikipedia images in the articles for those locations so that now, the brand would appear in the top of Google image search results when consumers researched any of those locations

Source: The North Face used Wikipedia to climb to the top of Google search results | AdAge