So I’ve been reading a bunch about Le Web 3, a conference in France happening at this moment. I considered going early on, could have done it, and then saw the list of over 700 people attending. “Why bother,” I figured. I see no interest in attending a conference where I know no one aside from fellow Montrealers. No way into interesting discussions (the real ones always happen after hours) unless you know people. That makes these things just annoying.
Now I’m reading Dave Winer’s comments, and I realize that, yeah, I think I’m done with conferences unless they’re unconferences – like the spectacular Podcamp I attended in September. I’m done with the elitist attitude, I guess.
I’m thinking back now, and I realize that attending the second Portable Media Expo sort of felt the same way. There was a special meetup place for speakers – specifically dividing the priest of new media from the flock. I tried to sneak in, of course! 🙂 I don’t like those barriers, and never will.
Instead, I ended up spending some time this afternoon hanging out with Mitch Joel. I think we both care more for rock and roll than elitism – for this reason among many, we get along pretty damn well. If what I’m reading can be believed, I’ve had a better time here. 🙂