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Gizmodogate: Get a sense of humor folks

Gizmodo turns off a bunch of TVs at CES to liven the joint up and you'd think that their scribes lit Bill Gates on fire for the page views.The angst over Gizmodo's hilarious prank is borderline ridiculous:Judie Lipsett at Gear Diary calls the prank "total and utter crap.
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Written by Larry Dignan on

Gizmodo turns off a bunch of TVs at CES to liven the joint up and you'd think that their scribes lit Bill Gates on fire for the page views.

The angst over Gizmodo's hilarious prank is borderline ridiculous:

  • Judie Lipsett at Gear Diary calls the prank "total and utter crap."
  • Webware's Rafe Needleman worries about blogger access at future CES events given the show organizers favor journalists anyway.
  • And others have various degrees of worries about a prank that apparently is worth the No. 2 spot on Techmeme (it was No. 1 earlier). There has to be something else more important going on.

If I were to hazard a guess, I'd reckon that the people that are so aghast about Gizmodo's prank are in the minority. This post is dedicated to the rest of you that got a big chuckle out of the stunt.

The big takeaway from this angst is that bloggers are becoming much like a lot of journalists--worried about not annoying vendors so they can keep their access, which more often than not just gets you an interview with a CEO that speaks gibberish. What would happen if Gizmodo's prank banned all bloggers from CES? Not a lot in the grand scheme of things. You'd get a few less embargoes, a little less vendor spoon feeding and you'd have to sneak around and use the back door at the show. In other words, you'd have to do all the things you should be doing anyway.

Would I have done the same thing as Gizmodo? I honestly don't know. But I do know once I got my paws on the clicker I wouldn't stop at one TV. Perhaps that's why I haven't been to CES yet (along with the fact I can't recall any super significant stories from the last week in Vegas).

Update: Gizmodo's TV killer has been banned from CES. Portfolio.com and Rafe have the details. As for me, I do seem to be in the minority on this one and have been shouted down accordingly. Our own Ed Bott has the best rebuttal (sorry Josh). What's truly amazing that this Jackass-ish stunt has gotten so much digital ink. There had to be something else going on today that was more important. Right?

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