A classic fearsome digital media theme has arrived on the iPhone, as a new app lets you fire a weapon towards whatever you're looking at. Firepower adds machine guns to what your camera picks up, like so:
The representation of violence has long been a problem for digital media critics. It might not stick to the iPhone, given its JesusPhone cult and the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field. But the Apps Store's willingness to allow all kinds of disturbing content through, while blocking other content for being unsuitable, might eventually open up a space for complaints.
Alternatively, since this is an augmented reality application, outrage might go general. Fearsome AR is inevitable, given the history of digital media anxieties.