Saturday, January 17, 2009

Cisco Speaks

Cisco responds to complaints about NS:

Johanna Fry Jan 16, 2009

To everyone who has commented on NonSociety,

Thanks for stopping by to read our blog and for your passionate feedback. We’ve received several comments on this topic and I’d like to address them collectively now and update with facts about our relationship with NonSociety and their involvement with Cisco. Cisco did not sponsor NonSociety at CES; rather we employed them to develop media assets, which would live on both our sites. We gave NonSociety the liberty to be creative and spontaneous when producing CES content because NonSociety is able to address people and topics in a lighthearted way that is exclusive of the ‘corporate’ feel that I sometimes find difficult to avoid.

We would also like to disclose that Digital Cribs personalities do not receive any payment for their participation.

With that said, we are still listening, and for those of you who think NonSociety is inappropriate for Cisco, we are very interested to hear your suggestions for personalities who could represent the lighter side of events like CES and would be more appropriate for Cisco.

We have genuinely taken your comments into account, but I want you to know that we’ve decided against posting additional comments, positive or negative, exclusively referencing NonSociety because they are not adding to this blog’s intended conversation concerning digital consumers. Feel free to view our blogging policy here:

There are additional videos from NonSociety at CES, which were meant to be an entertaining look at the atmosphere (and not the technology), of CES, which we are reviewing and may post on the Cisco consumer site. We will be happy to take comments on the content of those videos as they relate to digital consumers and CES, but, as noted above, no additional comments about the NonSociety personalities themselves, though you can rest assured that we are cognizant of your opinions regarding NonSociety.

I am emailing all of the commenters to ask for their suggestions directly. If you would like to comment on this post, please be constructive and add a new perspective to the conversation.

Thank you for reading this blog,



  1. I received the same thing as I used a legit email address. I plan to respond accordingly.

    The best part is that Cisco "didn't" sponsor these twats, but in essence, made them auto show fluffers.

    Poor JA foiled again!

  2. Cisco wants it both ways. They want to distance themselves from this PR nightmare, but they still seem to want to salvage what they can from this trainwreck because they were conned into believing that these 3 are edgy and would add value to their image.

  3. Cisco is stuck funding one of their trust fund babies and poor Johanna Fry is stuck defending this.

  4. Anbody see Julia's Ask Men interview?

  5. Ridiculous...I hope their actions start to finally have consequences.

    Thanks so much for starting this - I have not been back to NonSociety since.

  6. I agree, thanks for starting this.

    And pageviews for NS seem to have gone down since the trainwreck can't stop reloading am-I-really-seeing-a-stripper high at CES:

    Nonsociety's Alexa rankings

  7. Yep, QOTD is pretty much on bunnikins-heavy life support over there. I only peeked once, I swear! I am so grateful to this site for helping me break my NonSensical habit.