"You'd buy a cowpie if it was wrapped in cellophane."


Joel Johnson: Supporting Crap.

A good read. May be linkbait, but still a good read.


I would not.

I can get all the cowpies I want for free. Good read though. Pretty much nailed the early-adopters market.

I lol'd.

It's funny and target even if he is trying to mock the reader. I think that this quote actually works pretty well for your earlier post about Blogs and such repeating the same old news about Google Valentine and such:

"I gave up two years of my life writing about gadgets for this site. Waking up every morning at 5 AM, chewing up press releases to find the rare morsel of legitimate information, chasing down "hot tips" that ended up being photochops of iPods with reflections of genitals in the touchscreens. Oh, and the worst: fielding emails from PR parasites eager to suck away precious time in a half-hour phone meeting while the Senior Vice-President of Smoke Blowing tells me about how his company's software—based on an idea cribbed from Google—is going to change the way I look at something I didn't care about in the first place. (Inevitably, "forever.")

And you guys just ate it up."


I think many of us, are simply trying to find that nugget and present it to our readers. Basically being human filters for news items. Some times it works out, sometimes it does not. But this post, lol, he is only it it for the money:

"These guys want me to write a weekly column, but I hate consumer electronics, I hate marketing, and I hate you people, because you're all so dumb. If you're lucky and I need the money, I will."

I had someone complain about my blog where I write about SEO issues. I don't write about Google's Valentine logo and similar schlock, but I can't always post a gem either. I'm not in it for the money, just trying to help people by pointing people at a few interesting topics since I figure that many of my readers don't have the time or in some cases the back ground understanding to go with reading all of the various blogs and forums out there and applying that knowledge. Eventually they might gain this understanding, and they might even move on, but my subscriptions and page views is fairly constant so some are certainly returning on a regular basis or encouraging others...

A bit of a Hypocrisy

I smell a bit of a Hypocrisy here - it would have been OK if this was not coming from someone as guilty in propagating this crap as those who buy it. I kinda share this guilt as I am close to the industry myself and ultimately it seems that the reason behind it is that whole mobile/gadget stuff gradually looses its sexyness - check these two gadget,gadgets,gizmo,gizmodo and mobile,nokia - if the former hints on a possible upturn, the overall impression that the industry isn't booming any more as it did in 2005-2006

He's right, but his timeline

He's right, but his timeline is a bit off. It wasn't always the way it is now. Back when tech was emerging, the hot stuff was life-altering, and worth pursuit. It's lately that our learned addiction is exploited as a marketing target.

Also note that the same savvy tech consumers who paid the premiums back in the day have been on to this for years now, and no longer dole out the R&D dollars for the latest gear. The market is still supported by the current buyers Johnson calls idiots, but those are not the same bleeding edge gadget buyers as before, and a lot more marketing spend is required to keep them buying nowadays.


That's exactly what I meant saying it looses its sexyness

Let's just go back to phone

Let's just go back to phone sex, much more personal.

She likes how he blogs, her texts turn him on. It’s intense. For right now.

a new chromed robot turd...........

Exactly how I feel about cell phones. I don't own one.
He's so right on the nail.

>> Exactly how I feel about

>> Exactly how I feel about cell phones. I don't own one.

Me neither... but I did spot a nice deal online in the UK where you can get an Xbox 360 free with a contract phone (£35 / month contratc). I may give in :)

I guess MS are pushing hard to get as many units out there as they can before the PS3 finally reaches consumers...

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