Weblog:   Orlowski Slams O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference
Subject:   The Horse's Mouth
Date:   2003-04-24 08:53:02
From:   timoreilly
Response to: The Horse's Mouth

I apologize if there was some failure in communication. FWIW, I would agree that what's happening on the mobile telephony side of things (including MMS) is indeed very interesting, and could well be a major subject for this conference. It could have been this year, and could certainly be next year.

That being said, the conference organizers look at the range of submissions, and how they relate to the conference themes, and try to arrange them to illuminate particular emergent themes.

I'm sorry you didn't find anything interesting in the themes that were chosen. Obviously, over five hundred others did.

I have no issue with your disappointment in not being chosen, or even your criticisms that the conference organizers might have missed something important. My beef with Andrew was that he reported your complaints as fact, without talking to the conference organizers, and then used them as a launching point for an offensive personal attack on Clay Shirky. I would think that you too would be offended to be used in such a fashion, as grist for some kind of grudge match.

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  • The Horse's Mouth
    2003-04-24 09:51:08  drm [View]

    Well Andrew asked me several times if he could quote me. I agreed and I'm not one to go back on my word. He might of gone a bit over the top (his description of me is somewhat over-flattering) but, hey, that's The Register we all know and love.

    But I'm not terribly impressed by this "failure in communications" argument - when Rael was interested he replied immediately to several mails... afterwards it was total communications blackout. I think that most O'Reilly staffers have a basic grasp of email. My communication with Andrew started more or a less as a comment to an article of his which expressed some views on the "closed shop" feel emanating from the Etconf community. Probably I would not have reacted to this if I had not felt somewhat shut out myself.

    I don't want anyone to think I'm particularly bothered about all this - we have the usual emotion amplification problem of e-text - and it is all ancient history as far as I'm concerned. Also I should restate - I'm not disappointed about not being chosen, but I was disappointed that there was / is nothing at all in my field, despite Rael Dornfest's initial indication that it was considered a hot topic. But, really, it's your conference, you call the shots.

    I'd recommend people have a read of http://www.mobitopia.com - writings there may not conform to the USA definition of Emerging Technology, but you should get these guys on board for next years conference.

    And unless I'm banned I hope to find a reason to be there :-)

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