Friday News: DC, Apple, and Disney
DC ANNOUNCES FULL “REBIRTH” LINE, TWICE-MONTHLY BOOKS, LOWERED PRICE POINT – Information on DC’s “creative team” for their new line-up will be announced (and live-streamed) at the upcoming WonderCon, but in the meantime, DC Comics has announced that it will keep the price point for its DC Universe comic books at $2.99. While the company claims this is not a “reboot,” it definitely has some earmarks of a reconsideration.
The line will include two types of books: those published twice monthly and those published on a monthly basis. Every DC Universe book, regardless of their publication schedule, will be priced at $2.99. The line will consist of 32 total ongoings, 17 twice-monthly and 15 monthly titles. DC will also publish 23 “Rebirth” one-shots ahead of launching the new ongoings.
“At DC we believe in superheroes, and what makes them great,” DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said in a statement. “And, we also believe in the direct market and the core comics fan. ‘Rebirth’ is designed to bring back the best of DC’s past, embrace the stories we currently love and move the entire epic universe into the future. We are returning to the essence of the DCU. With ‘Rebirth’ we are putting the highest priority on the direct market and we will continue to create and cultivate new opportunities for retailers to thrive and prosper, grow readers, fans and customers.” – Comic Book Resources
Apple-FBI fight over iPhone encryption pits privacy against national security – Tim Cook posted a Customer Letter on Apple’s website, explaining the company’s position on creating a “backdoor” into the iPhone via new software the FBI wants Apple to create in order to make it easier for the government to get information from individual cell phones. While Apple has not been unwilling to turn over information to the government in the past (the LA Times reports that Apple has done so 70 times in “recent years”), the reach of this new order (pursuant to the San Bernadino mass shooting) extends far beyond those individual requests. First Amendment expert Erwin Chemerinsky said that he believes that it is not necessarily unconstitutional for law enforcement to bypass encryption, but argued that a court cannot compel Apple (or any other company) to create software for that purpose. As Cook avers:
A Dangerous Precedent
Rather than asking for legislative action through Congress, the FBI is proposing an unprecedented use of the All Writs Act of 1789 to justify an expansion of its authority.
The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.
The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge. – Apple and Los Angeles Times
Emily Ratajkowski: Baby Woman – A very interesting post on the struggle to own one’s sexuality in a culture that demands that either women feel ashamed or cooperates with objectifying stereotypes.
I see my naked body in the mirrors of all the places I’ve lived, privately dressing, going through my morning routine. I get ready for my day as one of my many roles in life — student, model, actress, friend, girlfriend, daughter, businesswoman. I look at my reflection and meet my own eyes. I hear the voices reminding me not to send the wrong message.
And what is that message exactly? The implication is that to be sexual is to be trashy because being sexy means playing into men’s desires. To me, “sexy” is a kind of beauty, a kind of self-expression, one that is to be celebrated, one that is wonderfully female. Why does the implication have to be that sex is a thing men get to take from women and women give up? Most adolescent women are introduced to “sexy” women through porn or Photoshopped images of celebrities. Is that the only example of a sexual woman we will provide to the young women of our culture? Where can girls look to see women who find empowerment in deciding when and how to be or feel sexual? Even if being sexualized by society’s gaze is demeaning, there must be a space where women can still be sexual when they choose to be. – Lenny
Can You Guess The Disney Movie By A Single Letter From The Title Screen? – It’s almost embarrassingly easy at first, but I’m apparently not enough of a Disney fan to guess all of these correctly. How did you do? – Buzzfeed