The We Media people insisted on my feedback, so I wrote them this:
I was dissapointed with the conference because of the way it was set
up. Instead of having people who truly understand “we media” on the
stage, it was filled with representatives of old media. The
discussions on the stage staid on the surface. A good example was the
section about citizen media: it was illustrated not by a true citizen
media video, but by a video from the BBC. A video that totally
misunderstood what citizen media is.
The “assasin” section was cringe-worthy. Invite a blogger to your table! The whole conference felt patronizing to anyone in “we media”. We got to sit in the back, and listen to old media people who didn’t really get that: we don’t need them! They need us.
I won’t come back unless we media is on the stage, not old media’s interpretation of we media.
Oh, and please don’t invite people just for their star power. Richard Dreyfuss’s section was irrelevant.
We have a world to change, and I don’t have time to be the token blogger at a conference that makes us the “audience” and old media the
“voice”. It’s the other way round.
It’s harsh criticism, but this is how I felt.