What I got out of the media platform mutations and locked vs free flowing digital content and appliances, was that there is an underlying lack of freedom when it comes to consumer choice. Once again we can in fact find greater purpose and meaning through the medium> “the medium is the message“.
Unlike the free flowing digital content produced by Android devices, which allows alteration and modification to their system, locked or closed media sources allow only restricted actions. To put locked appliances simply, it’s like buying a Nespresso coffee machine and only being able to use their capsules, theres more to it than just “other capsules don’t fit”. The most obvious player in the locked appliance game is of course Apple. From iTunes, to charger and headphone ports, to the app store and beyond, Apple controls the content available to users and with the newly developed products, this is most obvious.