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D3 Suppressing the Blogosphere Flap

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? ;-)

6 Responses to “D3 Suppressing the Blogosphere Flap”

  1. What about blogging from Blackberries? Using EV-DO or GPRS?

    I can understand the idea of wanting full attention, but some of the upcoming journalists multitask really well. The key is accuracy in reporting and when you’re typing what’s being said that’s one thing. But surfing, reading email, and IM’ing is clearly distracting.

    But alot of people go to those conferences to be seen and heard, but listening, I don’t think that’s high on their priority list. Either they feel they have heard it all before (and likely have) or they just want to get the goodie bag :-)

    Walt has a point but the real issue is he is a reporter and he wants to be actively listened too, not passively heard. In that case the organizers need to really think about who is in the audience and why they are there..To listen and report or to just to be seen.