Dan Lyons’ plan to bring down AT&T is pretty lame

Mon, Dec 14, 2009


Ever the attention whore, Dan Lyons, who you might know better as the Fake Steve Jobs, is trying to organize a mass protest of sorts against AT&T.

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. The idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

Umm, okay.  I mean, I get it, AT&T’s network is nothing to write home about, but why go out of your way to make a mediocre service that much worse?  If Lyons’ little game had even a slither of a chance of causing a ripple over at AT&T, then maybe there’d be something to discuss, but what good will realistically come from Lyons’ apparent efforts to bring AT&T’s network to its knees for “one solid hour” on a Friday afternoon?  More page views for Lyons I suppose. Besides, who cares about emergency calls not going through as long as Dan Lyons gets to prove a point? 

And if you think about it, a lot of people have been in the midst of an ongoing “operation chokehold” for months now. 

Comically, at the time of this writing, the Fake Steve website is down.


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Jake Anderson Says:

    The last sentence of your article is no longer true.

  2. max Says:

    The sentence states that Fake Steve was down at the time the sentence was written. The sentence is therefore true regardless of FSJ being up or down.
    Sorry “Jake” but It must suck to be so utterly unintelligent..

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