January 13, 2008

CEA's take on CES Gizmodo prank: Banned!

As a follow on to a previous post on TV-B-Gone, CES has now banned the individual in question and is discussing the impact of this stunt on Gizmodo itself.

We have been informed of inappropriate behavior on the show floor by a credentialed media attendee from the Web site Gizmodo, owned by Gawker Media. Specifically, the Gizmodo staffer interfered with the exhibitor booth operations of numerous companies, including disrupting at least one press event. The Gizmodo staffer violated the terms of CES media credentials and caused harm to CES exhibitors. This Gizmodo staffer has been identified and will be barred from attending any future CES events. Additional sanctions against Gizmodo and Gawker Media are under discussion

What is most interesting here, the obvious - what's funny to some is not to others, and disturbing one's work is not cool.

The more subtle stuff - On top of that reading from comments (at valleywag)what comes to light for me is the clash and disagreement between bloggers and journalists. Journalist take themselves much more seriously working in more formal corporate environment, assuring us that facts are checked(although you may want to refer to this post for a tongue in cheek fact checking). The bloggers on the other hand are all about access to information, juicy information, new tech etc and reporting what they see for the more or less the fun of it.

What I'm trying to say is you have establishment and anti-establishment forces at work in the web media world and it ain't pretty. No established players like to loose its privileges or it's number one spot. So you can read complaints like "well I can't get a journalist pass at CES and I represent a print magazine, while bloggers of xyz site are getting a pass".


I'm most probably over simplifying but in my mind who gets what is about influence, if one represents a reading audience of 1000, and another 1m the choice for CES and conference organizers is easy.

Another post would need to be written as to how you gain influence!!!