The topic on our first (successful) episode of Invalid Argument was Apple’s App Store. The prompt was my RWW op-ed, “The App Store Is A Republic”, in which I argued that iOS users still count as nerds; they just elect the best and brightest amongst them to build the apps they want instead of doing it all themselves.
The republic is a tricky metaphor, though, because Apple is a fickle president, and the App Store of today is threatened by a growing din of fraudulent apps. Does Apple listen to its users’ demands, or does it merely pay lip service? I brought in an illustrious panel of app-makers to discuss.