I’ll not join in the melee that surrounds Michael Arrington apart from saying that MA has built himself a pretty large cult of personality around TechCrunch. This sort of attention is always enjoyable when it’s going well, but can readily crumble when things turn sour (the Bernard Madoff saga – while in a different vein, shows just how far the mighty can sometimes fall).
TechCrunch has enjoyed some notoriety of late and seems to have the attitude that any coverage is good coverage – especially in the online world where page views equals dollars. After the recent LeWeb conference another storm-in-a-teacup brewed.
Latest in the statements gaining exposure is the announcement by Arrington that TechCrunch will no longer respect embargoes on press releases. Of course Arrington is fully aware that the page views TC gets (fuelled in part by controversies such as these) ensure that regardless of his childish and disrespectful stance re press releases – every tech company on earth will continue to feed him stuff.
Here at CloudAve we disagree with Arrington’s position, and are buoyed by the fact that other popular blogs, most notable ReadWriteWeb agree with our position.
Here on CloudAve we undertake to ALWAYS respect embargoes, comfortable in the belief that, if only at a Karmic level, respect one shows ones colleague today will return at some stage in the future. We respect businesses and believe that this respect will be repaid over the fullness of time.
So bring it on – here at CloudAve we welcome your enquiries (just please make them relevant and to-the point). Feel free to contact us – embargoes or not.
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