Saturday, April 17, 2010

What a Difference a Pulitzer Makes

Apple, it seems, is rethinking its position regarding an on-line cartoonist/animator:

... On Monday Mark Fiore became the first online-only cartoonist to win a Pulitzer, for weekly animated videos published on, the Web site of The San Francisco Chronicle. In a subsequent interview with the Nieman Journalism Lab, he recalled that Apple had rejected his iPhone application in December since it included cartoons that mocked public figures. ...

... After Mr. Fiore received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning — and after he mentioned his app’s rejection in an article published on on Thursday — he was encouraged by Apple to resubmit it. Mr. Fiore did so on Friday morning and is awaiting a response.

Nothing like a a high-profile award ... coupled with some adverse publicity ... to change hearts and minds.

Like we always say: "There is no 'fair' or 'unfair', but only the amount of leverage you possess." And it would appear that Mr. Fiore, now that he owns a Pulitzer, might have sufficient leverage for his app.

Here's hoping.


Anonymous said...

If I were Fiore, I'd ask for twice as much from Apple.

Anonymous said...

I figured the reason Apple rejected them was that the cartoons just aren't very good, or relevant. A notch better than that horrible boondocks cartoon tripe, but not much.

Anonymous said...

If Apple was applying a quality standard to their apps, the iPhone Store would have 15% as many apps as it does.

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