Jailbreak, v.

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Mon Aug 11 15:36:57 UTC 2008

On Aug 11, 2008, at 11:24, Dave Wilton wrote:

> I don't see how this is iPhone related, other than from the iPhone
> jailbreak
> being "in the air."
> Rather, it seems to me to be a metaphorical extension of the old
> "information wants to be free" meme, which actually appears in the
> quoted
> portion of the article. You don't need the iPhone to make this
> connection.

Perhaps, but my understanding of the iPhone use of "jailbreak" is that
it is itself extended from the "information wants to be free" meme,
and, further, I find the timing of this usage to be significant,
especially considering that I have not seen any other such uses of
"jail break" n. in my word-hunting (though, of course, I am only one
person and could miss them all without knowing it).

Grant Barrett
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org

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