This Post is Age Restricted (Not)
February 28, 2012 Leave a comment
How odd. In order to install the Opera web browser app on your iPhone (or just update it when it’s already installed), you must first confirm that you are at least 17 years of age. This because the browser might be used to access age-restricted material such as nudity, alcohol, sex and violence.
On the other hand, I recently downloaded a Holy Bible app, just to try to get up to speed with this book that everyone seems so eager to get their knickers in a twist about. And although it does contain fair quantities of not only the abovementioned items of dispute, namely nudity, alcohol, sex and violence, repeated in case my reader’s attention span is short to nonexistent, but also war, murder, genocide and incest, not to mention the killing of all first-born sons in Egypt, and good old Abraham being quite willing to kill his own son to please the Lord on one of his whims (ok, so I mentioned it anyway), and that one has no age restriction whatsoever.
So Opera needs an age restriction when accessing dubious stuff is optional.
The Bible has no age restriction, although all that dubious stuff is mandatory reading, and disturbingly often little children are fed this literature from as soon as they are able to read, or to have it read to them.
Make sense? I think not.
And no, I don’t think this is a problem with Apple’s App Store (or not just Apple’s App Store), but rather a problematic attitude in the world at large.