Posted on December 27, 2007
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BusinessWeek lost a lot of credibility when it put Kevin Rose on its cover with the headline “How this Kid Made $60 Million in 18 Months.” What little credibility BusinessWeek had left went out the window yesterday when BusinessWeek’s Los Angeles bureau manager Ronald Grover wrote an article entitled “Ten Things That Won’t Happen in 2008″ with a subtitle of “Pundits are eager to provide their predictions for the new year. Here’s something a little different.” Grover states:
…I’m gonna go in a slightly different direction for no reason other than, well, this is my column. And I can.
That’s all fine and dandy, except for the fact that two days earlier I wrote a post for Mashable entitled “Drama 2.0 Predicts What Won’t Happen in 2008″ which was posted to Mashable on December 25, 2007 - a full day before Grover’s article was published by BusinessWeek. Coincidence? I think not.
are currently looking into the matter. My advice to BusinessWeek is that it should resist any temptation to delete evidence of possible wrongdoing. Mr. Grover’s browser history must be preserved. Idea theft is a federal offense and claiming to do something “different” when it has already been done is a crime in California last time I checked.
For what it’s worth, I think my predictions are better than Ronald’s. What the hell is with prediction #4 (”Juno won’t win an Academy Award”)? Oh, I think I know. Ronald thought it would be cute to predict 10 things that wouldn’t happen in 2008 (I only needed 7) and just couldn’t come up with more than nine so he slacked off and threw in an irrelevant non-prediction. Top 10 lists are so 2007 anyway, Ronald. Get with the times.
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