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Gizmodo Calling Themselves Names

I really did not want to write about Gizmodogate again.  But instead of letting it die, today Gizmodo found it important to defend themselves as saviors of journalistic independence:

Our prank pays homage to the notion of independence and independent reporting. And no matter how much access the companies give us, we won’t ever stop being irreverent. That’s what this prank was about and what the press should understand.

How heroic!  And hypocritical, as I pointed out before.  After all, it was Mighty Hero Gizmodo themselves who not only trashed the TV-B-Gone 3 years ago:

Mitch Altman is an asshole. And not just any asshole, but one of those snotty holier-than-thou types who has nothing better to do with the money he made as a founder of 3ware than to develop a device with the sole purpose of imposing his viewpoint on others…
…Essentially a universal remote that cycles through every possible code, the TV-B-Gone has a single purpose: to power off televisions whenever the user feels like being a dick.

(Emphasis mine). So who is the dick now?

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Too Bad Gizmodo / Gawker Media is Not Public

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This would be a good time to short their stock.  The biggies hurt at CES would sue their a***s off.  The video is really fun to watch.  Except if you’re one of the people who worked hard to prepare, stage and deliver their presentation which the pranksters  sc***ed with – let alone the companies that spent millions to participate at the show.

 

Not everyone agrees, and frankly, I am amazed how people I normally respect find it a laughing matter.

Update (1/12): Must be a slow weekend, this is still the hot topic on TechMemeWebware, Hardware 2.0, TECH.BLORGE.com, Valleywag, bub.blicio.us, Crave, Geek News Central, The Stalwart, Laughing Squid, Silicon Alley Insider, Bloggers Blog, Scobleizer… you name it.  They all (including me) missed this irony:  Gizmodo themselves trashed the TV-B-Gone 3 years ago:

Mitch Altman is an asshole. And not just any asshole, but one of those snotty holier-than-thou types who has nothing better to do with the money he made as a founder of 3ware than to develop a device with the sole purpose of imposing his viewpoint on others…
…Essentially a universal remote that cycles through every possible code, the TV-B-Gone has a single purpose: to power off televisions whenever the user feels like being a dick.

So who is the a**hole now?  And who feels like being a d*ck?   Was this Altman’s ultimate revenge?  smile_baringteeth
(hat tip: Anonymous commenter)