I, for one, am disappointed in Gizmodo. Not only do I think they did the wrong thing in not returning the iPhone 4G to Apple before reporting on it, but they also ruined Christmas morning for me.
First things first. I work hard to teach my kids that stealing is wrong. I hope they have learned that if you do it, you are wrong. And if you stand by while someone else does it, that is wrong too. It is not yours and does not belong to you.
The same thing is true for objects that are found. Before they keep it, it is my children’s responsibility to try and return it to their rightful owner. Sure, you may get nothing in return for it, but I believe in good mojo, karma, what-goes-around-comes-around, etc.
Gizmodo failed on both accounts. They enabled the theft of something that belongs to someone else and didn’t even think to return it until after they published their story on the 4G. Anything for a story, huh, including integrity.
Given that, it is their integrity. I might be more disappointed in what Gizmodo ruined for me. I find that Apple’s product launches are one of the most exciting on the planet. All the weeks of speculation followed by the big reveal. It is true show business and makes me feel like it is Christmas morning. What’s Apple going to pull out of their hat this time? Will all the speculation be right? What did the press miss from their sources and parts suppliers? Gizmodo ruined that for me. All in the name of scooping a story that no one will remember in a few months.
Given these events, I decided that I will no longer go to Gizmodo’s website, link to their stories, or follow their RSS feeds. I can’t, in good conscience, support an organization with such a low-integrity threshold. Not if I want to look my daughters in the face, anyway.