Update: "Gizmodogate" May Prove Some Bloggers Are Just Idiots
January 13, 2008 10:08 AM
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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
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
that such actions won't land
in trouble, but it could have deep consequences for people with less clout.
: As forecasted, CEA gave the offending owner of the IR nuker
a lifetime ban of CES
, 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: uh huh
1/14/2008 12:23:46 PM
Agreed. The last two blog posts on the topic have been awkward, but I think the reason most are speaking out on the issue revolves around the fact some bloggers seem to think they can do anything without punishment while others want to be considered legitimate journalists. Based off reader responses, I think more people sided with the latter.
Even the CES response to this event seems half-assed. What if they just send another person the next time? The managing editor gave the okay to do it and even posted the video with a section he argues now he didn't condone, so it's not like it was a rogue employee. They're obviously doing damage control because even they feel it was wrong in hindsight and some of us feel obligated to continue applying pressure until they admit it.
As far as the Polish teen, I'd really like to know his motivations. Hope we'll hear more when the trial starts, albeit are juvenile cases open to the public in Poland?
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