Shortly before sitting down to write this post, I was reading the description for a new iOS video app called Capture after reading Ben Brooks praise it today on his blog. I trust the opinions of guys like Ben and John Gruber1 so I'll probably pay my 99¢ to see for myself what all the fuss is about. However, I have a not-so-minor quibble with this part of the app description:
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"At the price of a dollar, this app is a must-buy. It makes a great app to put in your iPhone's dock if you constantly record video." --appadvice.com
"Ooh, this is nice. Capture is a one-trick video recording app for iPhone that reduces the whole concept of snapping a video down to the very basics." --cultofmac.com
"I can see why Capture could become an essential tool for many: by placing the app on the iPhone's dock, you have quick access to video recording by pressing an icon." --macstories.com
"For those of us with heartbreakingly cute kids that do awesome and incredible things all the friggin time, this is a gift from the gods." --minimalmac.com
"Even without kids in my household this app gets plenty of use -- I find that when I want to record something, the built in camera app is consistently too slow to make it worth my while." --brooksreview.net
Notice how not a single one of the above blurbs mentions the person who said these things. As far as I know, domain names speak HTML, not English. The sentiments are nice -- they're all well and good -- but it's chicken shit2 that whomever it was at Sky Balloon (Capture's developer) that was responsible for writing the description didn't take the extra few seconds to attach a person's name to those comments. IfI were one of the unidentified, I'd boycott the app until an apology was offered and edits were made. Fuck that shit. That's disrespectful.
My disappointment at this total disregard for accreditation stems from this excellent piece by Gruber on, as the title says, attribution and credit. I tweeted a link to the piece after reading it saying that it's a shining lesson on journalistic integrity. And, perhaps even more to the point, a show of why common courtesy is so important. Because, after all:
Agencies, departments, and organizations don't do things -- people do things. People's names should be on things to foster accountability and pride.
(Via the link to John's piece, which linked to Edward Tufte.)
Now I finally understand the Nazism of English teachers in ensuring proper citation and sourcing.
My epiphany of the week.
1. Yes, I know I pointed to John's review of Tweetbot for the billionth time. Sue me.
2. A tip of the hat to this post from John which preceded the one I've spotlighted here.