- Chris Pirillo Interviews Cory Doctrow
Cory is known for many things, currently he can be found over at Boing Boing or doing work at the EFF. One of the things that I most enjoy about working in the high tech arena is the variety of interesting people that populate the landscape and Cory definaetly belongs in that group. Also in that group is Chris Pirillo whom I disagree with on my technological fronts but I have great respect for many of his accomplishments, including Gnomedex.
Cory does most of the talking in this interview but it was really interesting to learn about his most unique background and upbringing which no doubt greatly influenced his thinking on a variety of topics. While you are at it, be sure to check out the Chris Pirillo Show as well.
- 1:20:09 PM
- Wash. Post: Apple Paid Gadget Guru $15K to Praise iPod on News Shows
No two ways about it, this type of thing just sucks for everyone involved. Shame on Apple for playing the game this way. Cory, you are just a media whore like so many others and I hope the exposure this generates shows people who you really are and that your loyalties are not about what's best for the consumer you advocate for but instead what's best for Cory.
The iPod is a fantastic product that stands on it's own merits - Apple doesn't need to lower itself to this kind of crap. What is surprising is that Apple so seldomly does any kind of real TV advertising (aside from the iPod commercials) and those of us in the Mac community would love to see some great Mac OSX commercials but instead we hear about this kind of thing. Pretty lame Apple.
From the Mac Observer:
NBC's "Today" show tech editor Corey Greenberg was paid US$15,000 by Apple Computer to promote and praise the iPod digital media device last July and this past March, the gadget guru admitted Tuesday, and promised to no longer accept payment for appearances on local shows.
Mr. Greenberg admitted he had been paid to talk up the products, but told the Washington Post Tuesday he had "never accepted payment to place a product on NBC News...I have never accepted payment to say nice things about a product in any venue." He said manufacturers hired him as "a spokesperson who could talk credibly and understandably about consumer products," but that he would no longer accept payment to appear on news programs.
Mr. Greenberg's appearances and what was said in at least one of his appearances leave his comments questionable.
Last July, during a "Today" show appearance, he praised the iPod as "a great portable musical player...the coolest-looking one" and suggested a compatible device to "share your music with other people." "This is the way to go," he commented.
Thinking that he was laying it on a little thick, co-host Matt Lauer interrupted and said, "Let's cut the Apple commercial here right now, okay?"
- 12:50:01 PM