Gizmodogate

I totally missed Gizmodogate (where a journalist from Gizmodo, a gadget blog, ran around with a device turning off TV’s at CES while being videoed) while I was curled up in a ball wimpering like a sad dog. That probably was a good thing.

Yeah, Ben Spark, I did warn people that someone would try this stunt. I didn’t know that it would be a journalist, though (Gizmodo was registered with a journalism badge, not a blogger one, at CES).

Expect more stunts like this because Nick Denton, who owns Gawker Media, wants his staff to do anything they can to generate page views.

I too have removed all Gawker Media feeds from my link blog, I found that Engadget and Gear Live totally kicked Gizmodo’s behind anyway. Maybe because they were doing reporting rather than running around turning off TVs.

Nick Denton is pretty happy at this turn of events. The lower he takes his network, the higher his pageviews go, which means profits are gonna go up, right?

I just wonder how decent journalists and bloggers like Gina at LifeHacker can put up with this stuff. Might explain why Denton has such a tough time holding onto his stars.

63 thoughts on “Gizmodogate

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  2. Hey Robert,
    Thanks for the shout to my blog post. It really was stupid what the Gizmodo guys did. It nothing to help legitimize blogging, it made us all look like asses.

  3. Hey Robert,
    Thanks for the shout to my blog post. It really was stupid what the Gizmodo guys did. It nothing to help legitimize blogging, it made us all look like asses.

  4. Bloody stupid idea to do this for a number of reasons. Doubt that Gizmodo’s advertizers are to chuffed with that little stunt.

    Interesting that they did it on a journalists pass a real professional muckraking tab journo would use his dodgy ex copper/ dogy PI mate to do the naugty stuff. VMB ing into the royal familiys Voicemail is a recent example.

  5. Bloody stupid idea to do this for a number of reasons. Doubt that Gizmodo’s advertizers are to chuffed with that little stunt.

    Interesting that they did it on a journalists pass a real professional muckraking tab journo would use his dodgy ex copper/ dogy PI mate to do the naugty stuff. VMB ing into the royal familiys Voicemail is a recent example.

  6. @20: as someone who has spent 6 of the past 8 CES’s planning, staffing, and more at booths, I don’t see the humor either. it’s funny to you because you’ve never been on the other side of the fence. it’s *kinda* funny to do to someone one-on-one during a demo. it’s NOT funny during a press conference or during other peoples’ demos.

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