This week in BCM206, we discussed the term ‘walled garden‘ and feudalism.
The walled garden is a concept I have been interested in since first learning about it in BCM112. The walled garden describes a closed ecosystem operated by a single party. A perfect example of this, is Apple and their iOS ecosystem.
In a cnet article, they detail how the walls of Apple’s walled garden is getting higher with iOS14. These walls are also beginning to impact reality, with virtual car keys being able to start your own car and you can share this with friends through iMessages. I wonder to what extent walled gardens will influence reality and how this will matter to the conversation of the internet being “free and open”.
Walled gardens serve companies and corporations while consumers are forced to adjust, or find cracks in the walls to slide through. A simpler version of a walled garden is how news outlets make their content subscriber based on a website. However, they will often upload the same article or news on a platform like Facebook where people can view it for free. Essentially, they’re competing against themselves and I think the walled garden in the news sense is how clickbait journalism really kicked off in a digital landscape.