Gizmodo & The Apple iPhone Fiasco

I’m pretty sure that acquiring stolen goods is illegal. That being said, everyone involved in this knew from the get-go that the next gen iPhone, which is only a few weeks away, was indeed stolen. The fact of the matter is that Gizmodo spent $5,000 on this phone, paid by Nick Denton from Gawker media. In essence, at the end of the line, Denton’s the one responsible for this fiasco.

Now this brings to surface another interesting debate: are web-journalists real journalists? The print media would like to disagree, but all in all, I’m certain that if you write for a publication and get paid for your writing, you are a journalist, no matter what the medium might be.

The thing that Jason Chen and Nick Denton didn’t really think about is the fact that Apple isn’t a cuddly little bear, it’s a corporation. Any corporation has access to a full squad of corporate lawyers, meaning that they can make your life hell if you are in their radar.

Having dealt with a few lawyers when I was working in finance a few years ago, I know for a fact that justice is for sale and the people with the deepest pockets tend to win. How does an average citizen afford to pay a lawyer $100-500 an hour? Not easily. Corporations don’t really care about this expenditure. I’m actually surprised that Apple hasn’t made life harder for Denton and company. They probably will in the near future.

I think the main issue here is whether the law considers Jason Chen’s home a newsroom or not. He works from home, like most web journalists. It would be different if he were to work in an office. That would have made things harder for Apple to flex its muscles.

I’ve heard people refer to the actions of Gizmodo as reprehensible. Even though I don’t agree with buying stolen goods, it is akin to someone buying something stolen from a fence. So Gizmodo isn’t a fence, but they bought stolen goods, which is kind of like buying stuff from a fence. They weren’t fencing stolen goods.

No matter which way it goes, I’m sure that Denton is quite happy with himself. What did this fiasco generate? Pageviews. In the world of web journalism, pageviews is the key. This episode has probably resulted in millions of extra pageviews. Since most Gawker bloggers get paid by pageviews, I’m sure that Jason Chen is laughing his way to the bank as well.

More Gawker Cuts

Sheila McClear has been fired from Gawker. Nick Denton has been pink-slipping a lot of people, as well as selling off the Consumerist, consolidating Valleywag into Gawker and other moves, even though ad revenue is up from last year. He predicts a dire year next year. With the upcoming credit crunch, his predictions aren’t that far off base. All webjournalists have been feeling the squeeze. Luckily, my web revenue isn’t my only one.

Phelps and his New Girl

Lena doesn’t like the racism of a recent gawker post, and I have to agree with her. Racism is especially rampant in the comments of that post. Apparently, Michael Phelps’ new girlfriend is Asian.

We don’t want to sound “offensive” but it’s just a thing, you know?

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I’m not going to quote those comments, they’re just going to piss me off. Who cares what race his girlfriend is? He can choose. It’s not a “thing”. She’s an American and someone should kick your asses for being racist.

A Nightmare Becomes Real

Julia Allison and her frenemies are going to do a reality TV show on NBC. God help us! Don’t forget, this is after she swore off blogging and all that stuff in the beginning of March. (via reblogjulia)

Julia Allison And Gawker’s Valentine

Nikola Tamindzic just posted an unreleased photo from last year’s infamous Gawker Valentine shoot. (NSFW)

Julia Allison Media Kryptonite

Julia Allison is media kryptonite! (via rbjulia)

More Julia Allison

More on Julia Allison. After closing her blog today and viewing this by Feldman, I’m sure she’ll get all of the attention that she desires. I thought the whole lip dub BS that she was doing totally sucked ass, but that’s just me. Maybe people actually like that kind of shit.