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Fake Steve Comes To Senses: Calls Off Operation Chokehold



Nothing like realizing that the thing that made you can turn on you and bite back. Dan Lyons, who parades around the Internet as Fake Steve Jobs realized that once you unleash something on the Internet, even in jest, it can quickly get out of control. Such was the case with his supposedly satirical call for Operation Chokehold, his plan to strike back at AT&T but bringing the network to its knees.

Lyons claims he didn’t think anyone would take him seriously, but he came in for considerable criticism from many sources. He’s backed down and has posted his misgivings, along with some other plans to protest in other ways.



  1. Sumocat

    12/17/2009 at 8:11 am

    I think not realizing people would take him seriously is how Glenn Beck got started.

  2. Ike

    12/17/2009 at 8:44 am

    Very reminiscent of WKRP, where Dr. Johnny Fever invited people to protest the sanitation strike by dumping their garbage at City Hall.

    “I only have a dozen listeners,” he said.

    When thousands dropped their trash on the Mayor’s office, Fever went into hiding and got stage fright.

  3. Darren

    12/17/2009 at 11:21 am

    He’s just posting that to save his arse, should this thing actually happen tomorrow. It could be a very interesting day or just a load of hype, stay tuned…

  4. Dr. Johnny Fever

    12/17/2009 at 11:51 am

    Thanks Ike. That and saying “Booger” on the air are the highlights of my career.

    There are still going to be problems for AT&T 12/18. Once something like this gets out into the wild, it can’t be stopped.

  5. GoodThings2Life

    12/17/2009 at 7:33 pm

    Yeah, I have to say I have access to at least 5 iPhones that I was planning to borrow for the my own participation, lol. I think it will be interesting to see how it plays out and whether people will actually go forward with it in spite of this retraction.

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