In the article entitled Confessions: The Meanest Thing Gizmodo Did at CES Brian Lam describes how they used a device called TV-B-Gone to turn off television screens at this years CES. They even created a video that is available at their website showing what they did. They did turn off televisions during at least one press conference and numerous presentations and did publish the video on their website.
The problem is that the conference's organizer, the Consumer Electronics Association, saw the video as well and immediately banned the Gizmodo rep from all future CES shows and is even considering further actions against Gizmodo and its parent company Gawker. At least Brian Lam has been involved in this incident as well because he states in a comment at Valleywag that he gave the order to do it but to not disturb press conferences.
My personal opinion is that this was a bad joke. I would not think that it's much of a problem to turn some televisions off during the show but the disturbance at the press conference was on a different level. What's your stance on the matter?
Update: The video is no longer available on the website, and we have removed the link to it as a consequence.
Update 2: The video has been posted on YouTube, and you can check it out below in full length.
Afgter seeing it, I think it went too far considering that it could have hurt the reputation of vendors in the process. Imagine if a potential buyer went by only to see that the TVs did not really work that well, as they seemed to turn off automatically from time to time. Would you take your business elsewhere or give the company the benefit of the doubt?
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