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Fake Steve Jobs Advocates Digitial Disobediance Against AT&T



This might turn into a piffle, or it could get ugly. I guess we’ll find out this Friday. Dan Lyons, who pens the satirical blog, The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, is using his nom-de-plume of Fake Steve Jobs to advocate Digital Disobedience to show AT&T a thing or two. After writing a scathingly funny post in which Fake Steve takes AT&T’s CEO to the woodshed over its network woes (be warned the post contains some more than salty language), he’s now advocating that AT&T network users crank up their data usage for one hour on Friday December 18 to try and swamp the network. He’s calling it Operation Chokehold.

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!

This comes after AT&T rep Ralph de la Vega upset users by saying AT&T would be looking at ways of punishing excessive data users (translation-charging more). Most responded to that with comment with derision.

On the one hand FSJ’s call for digital disobedience certainly draws attention to the continual network woes, but on the other it could turn into a free-for-all. It almost seems like kicking a wounded dog while it is down. I’m wondering how Fake Steve would respond if someone advocating a massive jailbreak of iPhones or sent flash mobs into Apple Stores all over the country?



  1. GoodThings2Life

    12/15/2009 at 8:02 am

    I think it’s a great idea, but my guess is it won’t be much different than the “gas day” emails I get every year saying not to buy gas on a certain day because it will force them to lower prices— ie. nobody really does this, and the prices never drop even if they do.

    That said, I’d love to see FSJ advocate jail-breaking the iPhone onto T-Mobile too… would really tick off RSJ, and might encourage them to put an end to the exclusivity deal with AT&T.

  2. Dave Dugdale

    12/22/2009 at 4:41 pm

    Warner, I couldn’t resist – I created a short spoof video on “operation chokehold”

    Embed it in your post if you like.


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