Pecking order? Puleeze! Joi Ito writes with apparent confusion about the a comment from Russel Beattie who commented that: “but boy it seemed like there were some serious pecking orders there.” (via Jeremy Zawodny.) While Russel’s comment is about ETech, a conference I am really sorry I had to miss, it certainly doesn’t surprise me, as it shouldn’t surprise Joi or others.
In fact I am always amused and bemused (what’s the difference?) at the highly structured set of social behaviors are exhibited at conferences such as ETech (but equally at Agenda, PC Forum, Demo and I am sure all the others.) I am sure it is in evidence wherever human beings gather: academia, the US congress, high school and on and on and on. It’s kind of funny if people didn’t take it so seriously.
Without spending too much time on it, see if you recognize any of these dances: the “I pretend not to notice the fact that you are trying to get a word in edgewise and just keep on talking.” or the “You turn to face the person you are focusing on (the higher peckee) and actually turn your back to the one you are trying to ignore (the lower peckee – or is it pecker?)” or how about the “Wait here while I go refill my drink, (and never return.).” Some day I should write an article!
Echo Chamber, redux: Are we wasting our valuable brain cells duplicating each other’s work? There was an excellent and thought provoking presentation by Dave Sifry of Technorati fame at the ETech Forum. I wish I was there.
I wonder how many people were in the audience. In fact we can start computing the BQ (Blog Quotient) for meatspace events, the proportion of an audience which is blogging. As it approaches one, you have to wonder.
Yes, I guess we get different perspectives of the same event, but is there enough attention in the universe to pay?
IMHO: I started and stopped writing this two days ago, mostly because I didn’t feel like I knew any of the people or issues involved well enough to have the right to a meaningful opinion, not to mention that I would be seens as sucking up (people are so quick to judge – but what the hell, here goes…)
But I just feel like I must post a brief note of support and agreement with what Doc and Jon wrote about the recent bit of mean-spirited writing about RSS and its history, both on public blogs and private newsgroups. I wasn’t there but Dave Winer was and I am willing to take him at his word. But you know what, I think that’s ancient history. So for the record: theres no doubt in my mind that Dave deserves credit and respect for the totally central role he played and continues to play in the blog phenomenon. Count me as a fan.
I wholeheartedly agree with what Doc wrote: “There’s so much left to do. Let’s stop making it harder than it already is.” Life is too short.