Jason Pontin, my former boss and current editor of MIT Technology Review is in a tizzy over what he calls, D3′s policy of “Suppressing the Blogosphere”:
An extraordinarily rude, if obviously harried, conference organizer told me that “Walt and Kara’s policy” is that no one should be blogging from the conference room–let alone surfing the Web or doing email.
Walt Mossberg replies in Pontin’s comments section:
It is untrue that Kara and I banned live blogging at D3, from the ballroom or anywhere else. We merely declined to provide wi-fi, to avoid the common phenomenon that has ruined too many tech conferences — near universal checking of email and surfing of the web during the program. The policy wasn’t aimed at blogging, and any staffer who said that was just plain wrong. We are fine with blogging. We deliberately invited bloggers.
Not the one to disagree with both of these fine journalists, not allowing blogging in real time from the conference hall, well that takes away the spontaneity of blogging. Don’t you think? Anyway no WiFi access in an all digital conference’s main hall…. oh my god! Where it blogsphere’s outrage? ;-)