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.