Wednesday August 21, 2013

Long Live the King

Here’s a great post by Ian Bogost chiding Facebook for neglecting developers and pretending to build a “platform” for them. It’s a great read as is, but as a thought experiment, I’d recommend substituting Apple for Facebook in the paragraphs like the following and see how you feel:

But there’s another aspect of rapid, reckless change that few discuss: it helps create a sense of confusion and desperation that forces developers to devote more and more attention to the Facebook Platform. What better way to increase collective commitment to Facebook apps than to quietly extort incremental time out of its creators, time that might otherwise be committed to competing products or—gasp—to their own businesses or personal lives?