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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Liberals Read Conservative News

And vice versa. It turns out that we don't all live in our own bubbles of conservative and liberal. We do consume our news from a verity of sources. This graph from SSRN shows how 'fair and balanced' the different media sources are compared to each other.



As you can see, when it comes to debating our friends, disagreements are going to be rare. Conversely broadcast news, such as CBS and NBC, do portray a more moderate view.

The paper does point out that Fox News is the exception, offering a diet of conservative news 99 percent higher than the average internet user consumes.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Apple, The New McDonald's

Apple banned Mark Fiore's app for his political cartoons under Section 3.3.14 from the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement. Apparently it's a CYA clause that states:

Applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Appleā€™s reasonable judgment may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.

I'm thinking they want to put a hard lock down on anything remotely adult oriented so they can make a bid for putting iPads in the hands of young students. Basically by adopting McDonald's strategy they start generating familiarity at a young age to propagate brand recognition.

It's clearly an effective strategy, but it makes it a less desirable device for adults and media outlets. Will periodicals and newspapers be prevented from making an app because they can't include editorials?

Update: Apple is asking Mark Fiore to resubmit his app after the onslaught of bad press generated by the rejection.

Clearly the hard hitting journalism and insightful audience present here at I Read Stuff had an impact on Steve Jobs personally.


Games
GameInterestRelease Date
Civilization IV1
C&C 31
Company of Heroes1
Half Life 21
Half Life 2: Episode One1
Supreme Commander1
Call of Duty 22
Darwinia2
Dungeon Runners2
Dungeon Siege II2
Far Cry2
Galactic Civilization II2
Hitman: Blood Money2
Jade Empire2
Neverwinter Nights 22
Prey2
Psychonauts2
Sam & Max: Episode 12
Titan Quest2
Dark Messiah Might and Magic3
Defcon3
Heroes of Might and Magic V3
Indigo Prophecy3
KOTOR II3
LEGO Star Wars3
Marvel Ultimate Alliance3
Space Rangers 2: The Rise of the Dominators3
STALKER: Shadow of Chernobyl3
Stubbs the Zombie3
War Front3
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos3
Infernal35/8/2007
Shadowrun25/9/07
Pirates of the Burning SeaM6/1/2007
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars?6/5/2007
Two Worlds?6/26/07
Sins of A Solar Empire?8/1/2007
BioShock18/21/2007
Mass Effect19/7/07
Age of ConanM10/30/07
Crysis1Fall 2007
Elveon?Fall 2007
Half-Life 2: Episode Two1Fall 2007
Portals1Fall 2007
Spore1Fall 2007
Stranglehold?Fall 2007
Tabula RasaMFall 2007
Team Fortress 22Fall 2007
Dragon Age?Winter 2007
Fable 2?Winter 2007
Field Ops?Winter 2007
Halo Wars?Winter 2007
Gods & Heroes: Rome RisingMWinter 2007
Haze?Winter 2007
Hellgate: London1Winter 2007
HuxleyMWinter 2007
Kane & Lynch: Dead Men?Winter 2007
Left 4 Dead?Winter 2007
The AgencyMSpring 2008
Empire Earth III?Spring 2008
Guild Wars 2 MSpring 2008
Jericho?Spring 2008
Sacred 2?Spring 2008
Savage 2?Spring 2008
Time Shift2Spring 2008
Universe at War: Earth Assault3Spring 2008
The Witcher?Spring 2008
CellFactor?2008
Darkest of Days?2008
On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkeness: Episode 122008
Warhammer OnlineM2008
Alliance: The Silent War??
Alone in the Dark??
Assassin's Creed??
BioWare MMO??
The Crossing??
Dungeon Hero??
Fallout 3??
Lego Batman??
Mythos??
Overloard??
Space Seige??
Culdcept SagaPC??
Gears of WarPC??
God of WarPC??
Beautiful KatamariPC??
OkamiPC??
Resistance: Fall of ManPC??
Odin's SpherePC??
Castle CrashersPC??

1 - I will buy it
2 - I'll buy it at discount
3 - Other people think it's good, but I wasn't interested when I first heard about it
M - Mainly Multiplayer. See if friends get interested.
? - Find out more about this game
PC? - Will it be released on the PC?