Colm MacCarthaigh wrote:
> BarCamp is a vaccous waste of time and energy, managing to
> simulataneously affront your brain with complete bullshit whilst
> generating the really annoying feeling that that's also your fault,
> since this is a 2.0 participative event and "whatever the crowd wants
>> So basically it ends up being a bunch of people speaking who were both
> desperate enough for attention that they whitstood the
> random-edits-of-a-wiki process of session selection and self-deluded
> enough to not realise how trivial the entire excersise is.
>> Oh and it's not about open source or anything like it. It's about
> web 2.0., being a blogging consultant, and all of that crap.
>> After sticking around for the Introduction to Digital Rights Ireland
> talk last year (which actually was productive and went quite well),
> I don't think I've ever been more pleased to leave an even early.
personally, I do agree that there's a load of whimsical hot air being blown
about at the moment (what /is/ "web 2.0"? what /is/ "convergence"?), but that
would not stop me from going, if I thought I might get to see demos of other
people's work, or got to speak with people who had influenced my own work.
in other words, ignore any bullshit that's being spouted from the soap box,
and instead, congregate with your peers and learn some constructive ideas.
I'm not saying that BarCamp will be solely composed of bullshit artists -
personally, I would wish to hear these ones:
. "Finding Your Niche: The story of dbTwang"
. "Discovering Ruby"
. "Web programming in Common Lisp; modern problems in a Cold War language."
the others are not quite as interesting-sounding to me, but I would not call
them all bollocks.
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