Apple Patents Letters (JK JK)

More

The Washington Post's charming book critic goes after Apple for its aggressive patenting.

I've been a fan of The Washington Post's book critic Ron Charles' "Totally Hip Book Reviewer" video series ever since his cheerfully biting (and self-deprecating) examination of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom in 2010. In a new video, embedded above, Charles has a different target in mind, not an overrated novelist but an overly aggressive patent-seeker, namely, Apple. Riffing off of last week's news that Apple has patented the digital page turn, Charles takes this thinking to its (logical? no, there is no logic in this) extreme, play-acting as an Apple exec who has had the brilliant idea of patenting ... letters. "With Apple's new 'Letters,' " Charles explains, "we can write the words 'cease and desist,' and we can copy those words in courts in almost every state in the union."

Hats off to you, Mr. Charles.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In