Jailbreak, v.

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 11 17:31:21 UTC 2008

I have to go along with Grant, Dave, even though he did kill-joy my
original post. Oh, well. A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do, I
suppose. :-(


On Mon, Aug 11, 2008 at 11:36 AM, Grant Barrett
<gbarrett at worldnewyork.org> wrote:
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> 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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