There are currently a number of tensions between that of ‘free-flowing’ digital content as such, and those known as ‘locked appliances’. The most relevant example that I could locate of this notion lies with Apple and Android smartphones.
Now, as a manufacturer of iPads, iPods, iPhones etc., Apple only allow for downloads of apps that they approve, resulting in complete control over the user and associated downloaded content – a definite locked appliance.
Android however, is a free-flowing platform which allows for absolute consumer customisation, allowing them to engage with content that is not solely limited to the device.
This idea is supported by an article by J. Zittrain in 2008, stating that Apple has the ability to change its functionality through “remote updates” to ensure complete control of users. As a fond user of Apple myself, I was not at all aware of the extent of these restrictions, however I remain relatively unfazed as personally, I feel as though I still have access to everything I need and want to. However, I cannot speak on behalf of the millions of other Apple users among us who may, upon reading this, feel constricted.