Increasingly, we're running our lives - living our lives - through computers.
This is certainly true for someone like me. I make my living writing software, working online with colleagues scattered across different countries. I need computers to make what I make, and to test what I make, and to communicate with the people that I make it with. The people who buy what I make need a computer to do it, and then a computer to use it.
I also happen to live in a relatively remote part of the UK, far away from many of my friends and family, and from most useful shops, sources of entertainment, etc. So computers are a big part of my non-working life too. I shop online, I communicate online, I get my music, my reading, my news, my entertainment online.
The fact that I can use computers to do so much ought to be a positive thing, and in many ways of course it is. They can do amazing things, and I can't even count the number of aspects of day to day living that are quicker, easier, more efficient, or just downright saner when done electronically.
Having the BBC make its Panorama program all about Apple is tabloid sensationalism, and it sends out completely the wrong message.
It's saying to companies who attempt, in however ineffectual a way, to do the right thing: "stick your head above the parapet, and we'll monitor you twice as hard as all of your competitors, even though they are engaged in exactly the same practices".