The New York Times David Pogue, already under fire for conflicts of interest with Apple, does this:
Perhaps its time for the Times to turn that critical eye, currently aimed at the blogosphere, back on itself.
There is nothing wrong with what Pogue does and how he goes about it. This is a nice try at a beat-up on traditional media. It seems more like the blogosphere not being able to handle any critical eye placed on them and looking for something (anything) to turn that eye away.
i agree. Yes, Pogue is overboard yet he’s transparent so WTF.. relax people, he’s entertaining and at times thought provoking (like TechCrunch).
…oh, I thought the video was for entertainment. I didn’t immediately think about the “who’s beating up who” factor. The video, IMO, is awesome.
If the New York Times wants to bash bloggers, let them… in the end, it’s a lot easier to read a blog than to buy a newspaper. I don’t really think this matters as much as what bloggers… or the New York Times, for that matter… wants us to think.
sheesh… show us where Pogue is getting paid by Apple to do this (the way you were paid by Microsoft) and then you have something to complain about.
Ben – you mean the way microsoft paid me for ads on my site, as opposed to the NYT making a fucking music video to say thank you for getting an iPhone early? Riiiiight.
destroyed. i love you mikey.
Oh good lord. This video is hugely funny and clever. It doesn’t really promote iPhones, as much as it covers the hooplah over the initial release. To see it as anything else, well, signals to me a loss of perspective.
Wow. I couldn’t watch the whole thing. It was painful. David’s always been a cool cat the times I’ve had to deal with him, but this is kind of dorky for a big paper like that. Is that him in the video? Oy.
Does he take a shot at bloggers in this? Like I said, i couldn’t watch the whole thing….
Shelley – I love seeing a comment from you talking about loss of perspective.
“Ben – you mean the way microsoft paid me for ads on my site, as opposed to the NYT making a fucking music video to say thank you for getting an iPhone early? Riiiiight.”
This is not jealousy on your part and that of the blogosphere because you didn’t get iPhones early and some in traditional media did? I think it is.
David Pogue is a joke, and not a funny one at that. He’s an idiot. The whole NY Times facility should just get down on their knees and blow Apple and Democrats because they aren’t fooling anyone by their “unbiased” front.
Nothing wrong with them having a bit of fun, lighten up.
Pogue has always done things like this. He has a background in musical theater, and he has a bunch of these up on his Web site. He performs his songs when he speaks and on geek cruises.
You know, even if it *were* a “thank you” to Apple for getting an iPhone early (which it wasn’t — i mean, jesus, is that really so great a thing?), it *still* isn’t selling out, pandering, hypocritically squandering your credibility for a few shekels, and, well, shamelessly bending over and grabbing your ankles for advertisers, which is precisely and incontrovertibly what you did.
How is that anything but awesome?!
Arrington you are crazy to imply something without pointing to evidence. If Pogue loves the iPhone let him say so and make a funny video. If he’s being paid, show us. Otherwise – don’t suck so much.
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