Why is the news cycle so last-dance-at-the-prom giddy about these 2 stories?
- Starbucks closes at 5:30 for 3 hours today at all 7,000+ stores worldwide.
- Texas' Abilene Christian University gives all in-coming freshman a free iPhone.
Seriously. Given the options, these are topping the news wire links today?
And is a $400 'freebie' really gonna be the difference maker when you're already talking about a 4+ year investment at a university that costs $25K/year? Is it gonna be the reason why your 17 year old decides to fill out the application and move 2 hours west of Ft. Worth and 2 hours west of Lubbock, TX, if he/she wasn't going to do it already?
Really? For an iPhone?
The kicker: A university with little-to-no national exposure is SUDDENLY catapulted to the top of the news wire charts because they -- what? -- what? -- what? -- give the trendy phone-of-the-day away to all in-coming frosh?
Really? Really? Really?
Get's me thinking.
If I gave away an iPhone to a new subscriber to this blog, could I usurp #1 Engadget's seat on the top of Technorati's world-domination blog list and really cash-in before blogs go the way of toaster ovens for sex appeal?