I’ll be in the audience of tonight’s recording of MPR’s The Loop: Digital Divisions.
Hopefully I’ll see some you there as well.
My notes and thoughts from the event:
- All the chairs are filled. A good cross-section of Minnesotans. Far more diverse in age, background, and ethnicity than the last time I was here at MPR HQ.
- They made fun of the usual suspects – without any sense that the iPod is the same as the Walkman and the transistor radio before it, that text messages have a lot in common with telegrams, and that being transported to another world in books is somehow not exactly the same as Second Life.
- There were 100 people in the room. Maybe 10 were on mic for the 90 minutes we were there. Like the elderly gentleman next to me, I too, expected more of a discussion, less of a performance. It would have been more interesting to actually have a discussion.
- Blah. Feels like an opportunity squandered.
Jesse Ross feels differently.
Huge thanks go out to Jeff Horwich (Host of In the Loop) for stopping by and leaving an excellent comment. I think there are some fairly simple ways to dramatically minimize the risks he identifies, while increasing the value of people attending the program. I’m reminded of Unconferences and the notion that:
“The sum of the expertise of the people in the audience is greater than the sum of expertise of the people on stage.”