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Hmm, maybe I've missed the bigger picture here

A few days ago I went off the deep end and psycho-analyzed Gizmodo's prank at CES 2008, and its philosophical grounds for doing so. 

All that went out the window this morning when I read an article about a Polish teen who used an IR remote to derail a few trams at a local depot

It's probably not likely that this kid knew of the Gizmodo prank at the time, or that he even intended to hurt anyone, but it brought me to the larger conclusion that the next kid who wants to do this sort of thing doesn't need to look very far to know he can get away with it. 

Taking away someone's CES press badge is not punishment. I still think that's lip service.

Fortunately nobody was killed in the event, and my condolences go out to anyone who was hurt in the ordeal. 

As a personal message to Brian Lam: I respect your decision to do what you did. I personally think you were even entitled to do so from a legal and moral standpoint.  However, I do think you should be very clear to those who look up to Gizmodo that such actions won't land Gizmodo in trouble, but it could have deep consequences for people with less clout.

Update 1/14/2008: As forecasted, CEA gave the offending owner of the IR nuker a lifetime ban of CESGizmodo, as a publication, faced no consequences.  I asked a CEA liaison how the organization intends to prevent this individual from entering the show next year.  The CEA official claimed the organization has banned other people before.  As long as he attempts to sign up under the same name, he will not be allowed back into the show.

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RE: New media vs Old Media
By Spyvie on 1/13/2008 11:52:13 PM , Rating: 2
This is the new media, not a newspaper or a TV show at all... a blog is something like those things but with the very useful addition of criticism from it's readers immediately visible to everyone... just like the rest of the web. The other important characteristic of this new media is it's unprecedented ease of publishing or broadcasting. Powerful tools in the hands of many have fostered an information culture with an evolving set of rules, and has completely decentralized control of that information. I don't know how we can be sure if all of the old rules apply and who we should apply them to.

RE: New media vs Old Media
By Spyvie on 1/13/2008 11:56:11 PM , Rating: 2
To me they can have a goofball stunt if they want, but it should be clearly labeled as such. Not unlike a humor columnist or even the funnies would be in the paper, or even a comedy segment on a local newscast. In which case we wouldn't be thinking about journalistic principals at all, we would just be a little shocked at the writers behavior and wondering about the consequences.

RE: New media vs Old Media
By Mr Roberto on 1/16/2008 8:03:56 PM , Rating: 2
And what if said "goofball stunt" costs companies real money, and employees their jobs? That no one got fired in this particular case is no defense, surely. It could easily escalate and lead to more damage in the future if such behaviour continues to be condoned.

Everyone who says there has been no real damage done in this case probably have never worked a trade booth or delivered a marketing presentation. There are costs involved.

Apart from that, it's one thing if the "goofball stunt" were done by a visitor. Or someone who was not stupid enough to boast about it in public afterwards. That the person(s) and publication involved did both speaks volumes.

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