Paul captured this moment brilliantly in text and digital stills here of David Wilcox and Nick Booth video blogging each other. I had been thinking it was an isolated moment of geekily recursive silliness, but today I got a ping from Lucy Hooberman, also from the UK, about a post she wrote that observes that so many people are live blogging conferences that it produces a lot of documentation of the event.
I especially liked this quote from Reuters Chief Executive, Tom Glocer:
The technique (Live blogging) finally seems to have caught on in Davos. Everyone is blogging about what is going on in Davos to the point that no one has time to talk face-to-face anymore because they need to rush off and record the last great thought.
Inviting bloggers to Davos is a good thing as it means those not attending in person can participate in the discussion and it makes the whole thing a bit more informal. But by the time I arrived on Wednesday, there were already one million blog hits for “Davos 2007.” At this rate, we’ll all be able to stay home, prevent climate change and just send our avatars to Switzerland.
This calls to mind a debate in the educator community about some years ago about computer-mediated experiences - and how it is a (mostly) bad thing. Has this view been changed by the pervasive Internet access?
Lucy goes on to muse about the etiquette of interupting a blogger while they are live blogging:
People are blogging so much do they have time to talk to anyone, or each other? I noticed this first at TED last March. Is there a polite way to interrupt a blogger to say hello, or even try and talk? Guess you have to send a comment! At Netsquared last May Ethan Zuckerman spoke on a panel and blogged brilliantly at the same time - so he did have time for a chat in the corridor. I think I am onto something.
And back to David Wilcox's posts about blogger actvists preparing for a conversation. So, the question isn't should we put down our social media tools and have a conversation? I think it is how do we use our social media tools to extend the conversation and bring in other s both online and offline.
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