Esther Dyson writes that during an interview with Qwest CEO Joe Nacchio at last month’s PC Forum, two wireless bloggers in the audience were engaged in high-tech heckling that changed the course of the on-stage interview. While Nacchio was “bemoaning” the challenges of today’s tough telecom market, “Linux Journal Senior Editor Doc Searls and San Jose Mercury News columnist Dan Gillmor, got e-mails from a friend … with a hyperlink to Nacchio’s stock sales,” Dyson writes. “Both posted the link, and Gillmor added to the thread: ‘Joe Nacchio, CEO of Qwest, is whining. Poor guy, who took gazillions out of the company … in stock sales while piling on the debt and giving shareholders a not-so-good deal, is bemoaning problems in capital formation …”
Somewhere around this point, the audience — many of whom had laptops with them and were monitoring the real-time blog, turned hostile. Dyson can’t say whether their reaction was due to the blog with its link, or simply to Nacchio himself, but she says one thing was clear: a second conference was occuring simultaneous to the first.