Jeremiah Owyang said it better than me:
“We need to hold our industry accountable.”
His post is here. Read both.
He was referring to a few things: the turn-out to the BlogWorld Expo event, and also to the speaker no shows that seem to have befallen the event. (Note: this happened to me at Video on the Net, but not with as much impact.)
I spent a little time this morning with the incredible Tim Bourquin talking about the new media conference space, and the unconference space, and the space of all us trying to figure this “industry” out. In fact, I’ve had this conversation different ways over and over again over the last few days.
We’ve talked about PodCamp and its future a lot over the last few days. I spoke with Mark Blevis from Podcasters Across Borders about it, too. It’s out there everywhere.
The issues, as I see them, in brief: conferences and unconferences in this space aren’t blowing up the way the medium is supposedly blowing up. Speakers aren’t 100% committed to the space. Business is at our door trying to figure it out. What’s our response?
Before I blog in a big way about it, I wanted your thoughts. Why? Because you’re smarter than me.
What is YOUR take on the state of new media (podcasting, blogging, videoblogging), and are conferences/ unconferences serving your needs? If not, what do you need? What needs to be better?