[LINK] The Battle of the Conferences.

Stilgherrian stil at stilgherrian.com
Thu May 7 06:39:00 AEST 2009

On 06/05/2009, at 10:41 PM, Tom Koltai wrote:
> We also are sad to find that the free event, the one that isn't sold
> out, is artificially limiting the opinions of participants by using
> technology restricted to 140 characters per comment.

Who's "we"?

What rubbish. Opinions are no more limited to 140 characters by  
Twitter than this email is limited to 80 characters because that's the  
length of one line of text in some ancient medium. You just keep going  
in the next message or line. Or you link to material elsewhere. Or you  
post a comment at the Senator's blog. Or you spend a couple days  
reflecting on what you've heard and send a 5000-word essay later.

I get that you don't like or "get" Twitter, Tom, and that's fine.

But for those that DO know how to use it in an interactive  
environment, or for those who are willing to learn or experiment, it's  
an interesting and useful *addition* to all the other methods of  
participating -- which also including going to Seminar Room 1001 at  

A more useful criticism would be to ask Senator Conroy's office why  
*his* interaction is at a luxury hotel, out of range of most players  
in "the industry" except those who can afford full -time lobbyists  
with expensive suits and why, as far as I know, it *won't* be streamed  
live on the web for everyone to see.


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