From the look of these 2...
It looks like the hammer slipped a few times and got cuaght in the excessive facial hair!!!
The fanboys among you of delicate sensibilities are advised to look away now, because it's just come to our attention that dope-crazed Canadians last Saturday used the Toronto Freedom Festival as a platform to lay into an iPhone with a sledgehammer: Candian smashing an iPhone with a sledgehammer We're not quite sure what …
...it's worth noting that those two guys are REALLY ugly. Is the iPhone's slick prettiness that disgusts them by throwing their own freakish misshapen features into ghastly relief?
We've truly reached the end of western civilisation when people destroy complex valuable devices simply because they have no better idea of how to entertain themselves.
Probably in some landfill. We're all wasting natural resources at a huge rate and these two scruff-bag Cannucks decide to get their mug shots plastered all over the Internet so they can show-off to their 2 mates in college, that they are now "famous"!
For the seven-thousandth time, IF YOU DON'T LIKE SOMETHING, KEEP AWAY FROM IT! DON'T BUY IT, USE IT OR ANYTHING ELSE IT!
...smashing stuff up with a hammer.
That's one in the eye for the man, isn't it. Nothing sticks it to the corporate-industrial complex like destroying a mobile phone. A thread on the Trunno Freedom Festival web page included the insightful "f-ck Apple", too.
Reminds me of a trip to Glasto where I encountered a young woman in the Green Field*, who had painted a mural to "bring down the banks". You got it, she'd daubed a 12' by 6' sheet to resemble a surrealist's musings on the inside of a woolly mammoth's arse, in order to destabilise the banking system. I bet Eddie George was doing a Roman Bellic and hiding in the boot of his car after she unleashed her wall-mounted tirade.
* for those not fully acquainted with Zumerzet's annual cider & RIAA/IFPI/BPI merchandise festival, the Green Field is the "holistic" "organic" area where anti-capitalist soap-dodgers pricefix a cartel on friendship bracelets, hair beading, and face painting.
But I suppose there are limits...
Mine's survived being thrown at the wall and onto the table a few times, effing useless device. The metal upright of a shelf unit put a dent in the casing, but so far it still works.
After 6 goes at typing (no copy/paste, remember) a random 35-character WPA key into it, I've given up on it entirely.
whenever I encounter something that's prefixed with an " i ", I want to take a sledgehammer to it, iPods, iPhones, iZombies. I was reading a document the other day, written by one of my co-workers, in it he had (un)imaginatively abbreviated "Information Manager" to "iMan", I wanted to take a sledgehammer to him too, and would have but for the fear of an Industrial Manslaughter charge.
In the first pic - imagine that ginger hair dyed back to black, there you go Osama Bin Laden! Must have given up trying to smash western civilization and gone for beating up overpriced overhyped mobile phones!
In the second pic - a loved up Bin laden with his trusty sidekick Pete Doherty Boy.
Mind you I think it was taken in his bumfluffed and chubby days (ie pre drugs and overpriced overhyped "supermodels".
Two guys who think bong water is a beverage smash an iPhone thats already PAID for. "ka-ching!"
Thats showing Steve Jobs! Use em, smash em, collect them, use them in art pieces. Who cares? Just pay for them first.
They really didn't think it through huh? Its not like there is a shortage.
How does "smashing the crap to pieces" make people think? Let me rephrase that, how does it make people think anything other than "oh look, a bunch of hairies smashing a mobile phone, you're 'ard"?
To make people think you need an idea, some original thought to challenge a status quo (B3tards be gone), an alternative to the accepted way of things - not just breaking some electronics in a showy and self-aggrandising fashion. Vast swathes of the population don't even know what an iPhone is, destroying one just makes your average Joe think "dumb stoned prick".
Henry Rollins said it best when he pointed out that firebombing a McDonalds only puts workers on the dole queue, it won't matter two fucks to the people at the top. In fact, once they've trousered the insurance, they'll probably be in profit.
The way to say "F*** YOU" is to come up with something new and useful that will change people's minds. Gandhi took on the biggest empire in history and won without smashing any "crap to pieces". He will endure long after Osama Bin Ginger and his motley bunch of tax-avoiders have become tools in the machine because, y'know, he meant it, maaaaaaaan.
"I think you'll find that's called vandalism and it's been around for quite a bit."
Is it still vandalism when you destroy stuff that YOU, YOURSELF PAID FOR? What is the political message here other than these ugly kids have too much money? If they sprayed 'fuck apple' all over 1 Infinite Loop, that would be proper vandalism and with a valid, if utterly banal, message.
Given the usual strength of top grade hydroponic pot in Canada, those two wouldn't be able to stand up straight nor point both eyes in the same direction if they'd been indulging.
And their bedrugged reaction to the i[diot]Phone would be nothing more than "cool, man!"
To call them potheads is a slander against the quality of Canajun dope.
Footnote: facial hair is, and always has been, a common male affectation here in the howling frozen wastes of the Great White North.
Reminded me somewhat of the dudes who bashed a PS3 with a sledgehammer outside a game store, then did the same with the Wii... which was even MORE fun, as they did it while wearing Mario & Luigi costumes. It made that look like Smash Bros. for real!
Anyway, I doubt this one beats the Blendtec iPhone vid!!
Just done me reading over at their forums some more, there's no higher purpose to this at all.
They refer to the "Smash Our Stuff crew", who are the same `social experimenters` who have previously destroyed an Xbox 360, a Wii, a PS3, etc ad nauseum, in little more than an attempt to generate some publicity.
There's no connection to the Toronto Freedom Festival and the campaign to legalise Gordon Brown's least favourite `lethal` class C/B other than their invite to do one of their smashing (guffaw chortle) "performance art" bits at the event.
How - as Frank Bough's above post so accurately observes - banal.
Little do all you Apple Kool Aid Drinkers know is that The Communist Chinese have implanted each Sweatshop iPud with a drug resistant strain of Mooshu Chicken Flu which will leak into your pants pockets as the irreplaceable battery begins to fail 10 days after the warranty date.
The Commies chose to have it leak in your pockets because they know that AppleTards have nothing of importance anatomically near there. The second choice was those clever iPud head bands.
"So the iPhone has only just been launched in Canada? How backward is that!"
We have one (well, two, but one owns the other) GSM provider in Canada. Apple had to play ball with Rogers before they could release it here.
Next time you feel like whining about how horrible your mobile service is in EU/USA, just remember us poor Canadians.
...and all those saying "they paid for an iPhone just to smash it".
I didn't see anywhere in the article nor in the link that suggested they smashed their own iPhone or one that had been paid for. If you think that two drug crazed hairy hippies have enough cash left over after buying lentils and other natural consumables to pay for an iPhone then I can accept your arguments otherwise it's vandalism.
"There's no connection to the Toronto Freedom Festival and the campaign to legalise Gordon Brown's least favourite `lethal` class C/B other than their invite to do one of their smashing (guffaw chortle) "performance art" bits at the event."
Wrong oh so very very wrong. They are very effectively demonstrating the fact that society is no longer free we are bound to our little shiney bits of plastic and metal. They are demonstrating that we are more concerned with out gadgets than for the well being of a fellow human.
Demonstrating something does not mean the two events have any formal connection.
Also, smashing up an iPhone has no relevant message for anyone other than their clique. The people who can actually afford "shiney (sic) bits of plastic and metal" who's interest they need to gain to change a situation are not interested in their posturing.
If they want to "demonstrate" something, try emulating Naomi Klein ("No Logo"), Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation"), or Mark Thomas ("As Used on the Famous Nelson Mandela") - all examples of behaviour-changing work.
Eric Schlosser did not throw a Big Mac on the stage and whack it with "the Hammer of Justice". He did something *creative*, not mindless self-indulgent destruction.
I thought dope was supposed to make you all mellow and stupid, not violent and stupid.
The only thing stupider than buying an iPhone in Canada right now (where you have to buy it in the US and then hack it just to have the privilege of paying mister Rogers a thousand dollars a kilobyte) is buying an iPhone and smashing it up. Mister Jobs still got his money, so what was the point?
Now excuse me, my seal flipper pie is ready.