"...many of my compatriots in the pitchfork-and-torch crowd are curiously forgiving of one of the most egregious offenders: Apple, purveyor of beautiful crystal prisons. " Yes... (& MSFT often gets similar deferential treatment)

I should say, Microsoft *among others in the Frightful Five* get the same "free pass" despite being public enemies. We allow ourselves to develop & tolerate a dependence on them at our peril & to our shame. We need to act in *our* best interest & that of the planet & future generations.

I note the irony of being asked by my uMatrix tracker blocker to approve receiving data from Facebook & Amazon (among a couple dozen predatory corporates) just to read this article. The digital world is a tangled mess, like a nice tree being strangled by a noxious vine.

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