Nick Denton’s excuses

Nick Denton on Gizmodo’s misbehaviour at CES:

“I’d rather the Gizmodo team ran into trouble now and then. Better that than the bland compliance to consumer electronics press releases that makes sites like CNET’s so boring.”

Hey Nick, how about instead of taking the easy, page-view-raking option of “pranksters” (another way of saying “cruel assholes”) you break that “bland compliance to consumer electronics press releases” by doing something that seems out of vogue: finding out about products before they’re press released? In other words, do some journalism.

What message is this sending? That it’s OK to play “pranks” on people, video the results, and use it for page views? What comes next? Pissing on someone dying and shouting that it’s “great YouTube material”?

  • http://stefpause.com/ ManxStef

    I thought this was terrible form from Gizmodo, they’re supposed to be journalists, not irresponsible idiots.
    Most of us have had to give presentations at some point, be it to management or a public crowd, and even the most intelligent, professional public speakers find it nerve-wracking. (Leading back to my comments on the American beauty queen post.) The last thing you need is someone purposefully sabotaging your work, that’s shocking. Messing with people’s jobs – as they’re sometimes on the line depending on the quality of their presentations – is unacceptable.
    I’m amazed Gizmodo’s not issued an apology for this, but then I guess they feel they’re big enough that they don’t have to. I hope all tech event organisers are paying attention and they earn themselves a blacklisting, they deserve it.

  • http://profile.typekey.com/ianbetteridge/ Ian Betteridge

    I think that’s part of the problem – the kind of people who post on Giz have never had to do a presentation. All they’ve done is post wise-cracks about gadgets on a blog for pennies a post. Lame.