In case you haven’t been keeping up with developing CES stories, a popular tech blog, Gizmodo, decided to play pranks on vendors and presentations. Not only did this make them look "unprofessional," it made the entire tech blogging community look bad.
I know what you’re thinking "making the blogging community look bad," yes, there are those of us concerned with a reputation and keeping it free of stains and dirt.
Gizmodo thought it would be funny to use a TV B Gone remote to shut down various displays on the show floor and during presentations. A lot of people put a lot of time and money into making CES go off without a hitch and Gizmodo single handedly destroyed all that work. And the people at CES have a hard enough job as it is without someone mucking up the works.
While it may appear "light humor" and "fun and games," I assure you the folks and corporations present at CES do not think so. The staff member responsible has been banned from attending future CES events and further actions may be taken against Gawker media and Gizmodo, it wouldn’t surprise me if everyone from Gizmodo was banned.
It’s hard enough for bloggers to get in to CES as it is since the CEA (which is responsible for CES) didn’t really care for them being present in the first place. What makes things worse is that Gizmodo was invited under a "guest press pass" and proceeded to use it not for good, but for evil and I’m sure they earned many "dark side" points for it, Emporer Palpatine is proud of you.
The CEA is likely to reevaluate the position of allowing bloggers to attend CES in the future and at the very least will make it harder for blogs to get their writers and staff in to the show.
On a related note, some that were invited as bloggers complained about the amenities in the blogger area as compared to the "real" press area. The press area was closer to the show floor and had better accommodations, reports say the blogger area was smaller and a good distance from the show.
I don’t understand the point of complaining because it seems that bloggers had access to the press area and the press had access to the bloggers area so… yeah, I got nothing.
I guess some people aren’t happy enough being invited to attend the show, no one is forcing you so drop out and let those of us that would actually appreciate being there attend.
But that may not happen now, so a (sarcastic) thank you goes out to the folks at Gizmodo for making jobs harder, and angering the very entity that makes the show happen. I’m sitting around waiting for the first company to sue Gizmodo over the incident.