"That iPod will be the death of you, young man." Not the words you'd ever expect to hear from your mother, but they could have been for a young man this past weekend in Brooklyn. Read about it in USA Today here.
I'm sure the Apple spin doctors are working hard to point out that the kid probably would have met such a fate had he been carrying a Nomad Jukebox instead of an iPod, but I digress. Does the media really have nothing better to blame? Was the murderous motivation purely derived from that little white box that holds thousands of songs? Would the kid have lived had he handed it over?
The obvious trend is getting mugged for your iPod--- a premise I've mentioned before. But you might recall the story of a kid fumbling with his iPod before he skated into a moving car. Although the original news link went dead, it's still an example of blaming the iPod when it was the kid's absent minded behavior that got him killed.
Seeing how far people will go for electronic gadgets is surreal and something the media loves to cash in on. Things like this recent murder or a story from a couple years ago where a girl dropped her cell phone into the NYC subway tracks and had the genius-thought to jump in and get it with a train coming — they just defy all logic.
So, in light of all this, I have taken a few moments to compose some hypothetical future scenarios that we might endure involving the media's obsession with personifying the iPod as a cause for calamity. These scenarios don't Nostradamusize the day when all of the iPods rebel against their masters via the touch wheel's transforming into a saw blade to slice off fingers trying to find that old Pearl Jam b-side — but they do invoke some realm of possibility.
Scenario #1: A man cashes in on his AppleCare policy so many times that holding his new iPod causes him to spontaneously combust.
Scenario #2: A Baby Boomer's iPod is playing Kenny G's greatest hits on a merry stroll down the boulevard. However, the annoying frequencies that escape the headphones drive a passing herd of wild dogs insane with blood lust, and the person becomes a chew toy.