Don’t Be Feeling Me

Harry Potter gets a conservative Christian rewrite to protect the children from becoming witches. A man tricks his girlfriend into eating her dog. Would Mel Gibson’s “William Wallace” be happy with Scotland? iPhone users get bent out of shape after a serious trolling, and we look at some of the shallowest reasons ever to dump your partner. Oh, and Steven doesn’t what you to feel him like that, so hands off.

Stories mentioned in this episode of the Nothing Serious Podcast include:

AT&T’s Vizzini Moment

Inigo Montoya and Vizzini

Sara sent me a link to an Information Week article about the most recent piece of AT&T FUD regarding the iPhone coming to Verizon. Apparently it’s brown trousers time for AT&T’s  Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, Larry Solomon, who sent the following statement to Business Insider:

“The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”

The following brief chat occured via IM:

Sara: I love how in the artical that piece referenced, AT&T points out that on CDMA networks you can’t talk on the phone and browse the internet simultaniously, and because of that, they think customers will prefer AT&T’s “speed and functionality”. They need to check the definition of functional, because I do not think it means what they think it means.
Paul: AT&T’s Vizzini moment!

AT&T might want to spend some time watching The Princess Bride and pay attention to Inigo.

You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. – Inigo Montoya

Would We Be Better Bloggers Without Statistics?

statisticsI was listening to TWiT episode 246 a few moments ago and Dwight Silverman said something that really resonated with me while they were discussing Nick Denton, Gawker and the whole “stolen iPhone / iPhoneGate” fiasco.

“This is the dilemma of the web. I think every news organization that has the ability to see how many people are looking at their news and what they’re looking at, you know, as soon as you see what people are looking at that changes what you write about and I think that just because you can count something doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea that you should”

What are your thoughts? Does the knowledge of what people are searching for, or what pages are popular with the unwashed masses make us change how we blog or write?

Do we lose focus of why we are blogging, lose focus of what we are passionate about in our quest for that next pageview or AdSense penny?