John Ransom

ABCNews’ embedded press dudes report intrepidly from the frontlines of the SHUTDOWN, “where about 3 of 4 [White House] staffers have been furloughed, barred even from checking the BlackBerrys they usually clutch like worry beads.”

!!!! Oh my!!!

In the name of everything holy, can they just leave the darned Obamaphones out of this?

I assume, like the Catholic priests barred from saying Mass, that these staffers risk checking their semi-divine BlackBerrys upon pain of arrest.

In the the name of the father, son and holy text message, email or instant message, how will White House staffers re-write CIA Talking Points now? On the back of cocktail napkins?

The obvious idiocy of the federal government and our media is on display is all this:

Who the heck STILL uses BlackBerrys, anyway, the dumbest smartphone of them all?

BlackBerrys will go down to distinction as being the only smartphone that didn’t figure out how to make a profit on the proliferation of data via cellular networks.

Instead they are nearly bankrupt, and likely won’t survive in the current form.

“Some commentators suggest that the company's neglect of the consumer market,” writes IT Pro, “and its attempt to make BlackBerry the device most bought by companies for their employees, was the beginning of a sharp decline. With the rise of bring your own device policies, or BYOD, the line between the business and personal device has become ever more blurred. BlackBerry has been slaughtered in the marketplace as a result, despite being the device of choice for US President Barrack Obama.”

BlackBerry, even today, remains the official phone of the US Government. So most probably, BlackBerry’s demise had to do with the government being their largest customers.

Before there were free Obamaphones, BlackBerry was the Obamaphone for government workers. Imagine the numbers of ways that BlackBerry was screwed up by this.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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