“While we weren’t looking, the walled garden won.” – Jon Evans
Let’s talk about stacks. For Takeshi Kovacs, ‘stacks’ “serve as a receptacle for the human consciousness“. For the average American, a stack is the perfect breakfast snack. And for us, today, stacks are media technologies that have layers which permit subsequent layers. And if that sounds confusing, that’s because it is! So, I’ve made a diagram to explain a media-technology stack, in regard to Snapchat:
Now, when we consider a stack, we need to consider how open the stack’s layers are for users, content, and developers, who controls the stack, and how much control they have over it. And here, lies the Apple v Android debate. Since the beginning of time, the discourse between Apple’s close-sourced walled-garden and Android’s open-sourced ‘Bazaar‘ has existed.
Last year, I wrote a piece about how terrifying Apple’s walled-garden logic is, but it seems that Android’s seemingly open and ideal paradigm is becoming increasingly similar to Apple’s walled-garden. So, for this week’s remediation I created a meme which exemplifies Android’s facade of openness.
Interested in the Apple v Android debate? Here’s some links so you can find out more.
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