How we we doing? The conference debates

80 people in the room, laptops open.
Dale and Andrew ask: So how do you like the conversation so far?
There isn’t much holding back.
Some comments:
William Weiss: We need to remember that the technology is strictly an incident…It’s the knowledge of new consumers that matter in building these businesses.
Leah Gentry: I am so tired of people talking to this audience like we are a bunch of three year olds! We have to stop having a conversation that is ten years old.
Brian Monroe: Let’s get over the blogs good/blogs bad thing. We are REALLY good at hooking up customers to one another–we need to work from that.
Gary Kebbel: I want to support what Leah is saying..If we can only talk about blogs good/blogs bad, we have wasted a lot of time,. We did not talk about community, participatory journalism, involving the user when we met yesterday. Instead, we talked about a freaking tool. Yesterday was a missed opportunity.
Dale Peskin: Look, we don’t want to tell anyone what to do. We wanted to get people together to decide what to do…We don’t have all the answers–we’re asking you for help. Where do we start?
Neil Chase: It’s easy to take shots at Dale and Andrew, but this discussion is all shadowing what happens at work– the real challenge is to figure out how to resteer the conversations to improve the talk in our shops…We need to focus.
Len Witt: I have been in civic journalism for ten years. Blogs keep coming up because of the change in control–Kos has an audience of 100,000 people a month.
Chris Waddle: As this conversation continues it needs to morph into the community markets.
MJ Bear: Blogs took over because they have a loud voice at the moment. Are we afraid to push the envelope?
Michael Silberman: Blogs took over because of the way the conference framed the conversation yesterday.
Allison Macondray: My perspective is from what we do at WIRED. I’ve actually been surprised at how much its been a cerebral, generalized discussion, At WIRED we were born on the Internet and we don’t have anyone to convince. Looking back now, I would have liked more direct lectures from the futurists in the group and more concentrated workshops.
After a deep breath, the group moves on.

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