'We Media' conference really about 'them'
He goes on to say:
"Anyone who has taken more than a passing interest in the emergence of participatory media over the past five years or so will not have heard anything
Earth-shattering at the We Media forum.
"In fact, most of the people in attendance at We Media could have saved the fee — simply by downloading and re-reading We Media, the now-seminal paper by Shayne Bowman and Chris Willis that was commissioned for the first We Media conference."
Suw Charman, "executive director of the Open Rights Group, blogger at Strange Attractor, and one of the "online curators" tasked with tracking the online coverage of the conference", was reported as saying: "How can you have a conference about citizen journalism without any citizen journalists speaking?"
"You can't buy a community and then just exploit it. Citizen journalism is notMeanwhile, over at Rebuilding Media, Dorian Benkoil makes some constructive suggestions on how the conference might better achieve its aims of being inclusive:
simply a matter of ‘Oh, we've got a few comments, we've got a few photographs of
Buncefield' — this is the first tiny step to true participatory media, but you
need to get into the real nitty-gritty of what makes communities tick and why
they're doing what they're doing. Why are they sending photographs in? Is it
just that they want the warm glow of satisfaction that their photo got published
by the Beeb, or are there deeper social needs that participatory journalism
satisfies? Until they understand that, they are going to screw up."
- Participation via low-end tech
- Have the IRC or whatever chat mechanism scrolling live behind folks, and people at the conference can see the conversation multi-dimensionally?
- Experiment with seating arrangements
- Have folks from governments speaking
- Allow questions from outside the room