Thomas Pabst van Tom's Hardware Guide heeft een blurb online gepiekerd waarin hij duidelijk zijn mening naar voren brengt over het feit dat internetjournalisten dit jaar niet welkom zijn op de CeBIT beurs, die donderdag van start gaat in Hannover. Hij verkondigt dan ook iedereen om vooral NIET naar de CeBIT beurs te gaan!
Online journalists are obviously supposed to pay for their passage through the barriers. We are talking of no less than 30 bucks/day. Of course nobody would do that. Exhibitors already signalized that they would supply every online journalist they know with exhibitor badges. This is a nice gesture, but it still doesn't solve the issue. Press should be able to present itself as press. I don't want to run around the CeBIT grounds with a badge that states I am an exhibitor with some strange name. I expect to carry a badge that shows that I am a member of the press, my name and affiliation. The exhibitor badge is also not very helpful in case I want to use the press facilities. Nobody would let me inside. The same is possible for press conferences. The only proper response of the online media to Mr. Roloff's ridiculous actions is the following. DON'T GO TO CEBIT2000!!! This is what I am going to do and I advise all my colleagues to do the same. The exhibitors will soon enough scream 'murder' when there are no online reports about their products. CeBIT will finally suffer and, who knows, maybe CeBIT will drop in significance that much, that none of us will have to go to this cold and uninviting town in northern Germany next year anymore.