Well I’m shattered, so I don’t know how anyone who’s been more actively involved in today is feeling!
There were good bits in the afternoon, but it still felt like sitting in on someone else’s conversation.
In the nanopublishing (I don’t get it, why is it called nano, what’s nano about it?) session the panel (esp Jason Calacanis) engaged more with the backchannel which was projected onto the main screen with people calling them out as they spoke on what their business models were – clearly some old grudges being played out here and some business rivalry too. There was also some to-and-fro on the journalist v blogger argument – are bloggers wannabe journalists? Wouldn’t journalists like to taste some of the freedoms of blogging, and get paid for it?
Then the blogads user survey – I took the opportunity to nap through an advertisement for advertisement – sorry.
I didn’t wake up well for Traditional Media Strikes back (reps from the Guardian, Skyblogs, Le Monde & Jochen from Focus magazine – a lot of stick for Le Monde on the back channel and the poor guy Yann was obviously struggling with his spoken English and this experience of having crosstalk while you’re on stage.
Yossi Vardi came and went – I never was one for ICQ.
Then a thought-provoking piece from Yat Siu and Hoder on, well socio-political effects I guess – Hoder on the use of blogs in Iran and about Iranian affairs and Yat Siu having to sum up “everything about Asia” (!) in about 15 minutes. Good stuff, but could have come earlier when we were fresher.
Doc Searls gave a great finishing keynote, talking about why we shouldn’t talk about content, consumers, audiences – because blogs are “writing” and should be thought of as a form of speech (which can be free) rather than media (which needs to be managed).
And after a quick supper (I couldn’t wait till 9.00pm!!) I write this and then off to L’Alcazar for more mingling.