spectacle at Web2.0 Expo… from my perspective

It’s fairly common for speakers at high-tech events to give their talks in front of a screen that displays a Twitter stream. The snarky backchannel compliments a speaker whose goal is to be provocative or entertaining, but what happens when the speaker is aiming for subtlety and complex understanding? Here’s a story of how the backchannel led an experienced speaker to self-combust. The Twitter stream was initially upset that I…

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Guys Still Hog Role of Intellectual Heavy Weight

The space that used to belong only to men grows ever smaller. However, the statistics about who is portrayed in the media as knowledgeable “talking heads,” about who is credited with writing the most influential books and who gets bylines in the most respected intellectual magazines seem to change very little. In a year that saw new books by Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Alice Munro, Jayne Anne Phillips, Helen Benedict…