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Shared Public Integrated Digital Media Mission Distribution Association

By 2007.03.15 tags: . 4 Comments»

There’s been a congestion of conferences lately striving to save our sorry pubradio asses. Their themes range from the grand From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy to the mundane Making the Transition. They’re put on by groups with amorphous promises in their names: Beyond Broadcast Digital Distribution Consortium Integrated Media Association — mix & match to create your own exciting organizational combos.

DDCOnce conferences were safe excuses to get away from spouses and commune with co-workers. Now they’re powerpoint infested face2face fests, where people stare at their computer screens. Once there was a time-honored tradition of spending conference nights genuinely interacting with real folk, i.e., chasing hookers and hootch. Nowadays, everyone runs back to their hotel rooms to blog, stream, cast, and flickr.

You must post your opinion, preferably at length, prodigiously linked to all other opinions, and prefaced with urgent proclamations of bullet-pointed self-perpetuation:

And don’t forget to mention Web 2.0, even tho you’ve no notion wtf that means. I, however, know exactly what Web 2.0 is, and I’m willing to share this insight; as soon as I’m invited to give the keynote at the next conference.

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Yeah!

Comment added by Anonymous on 03.15.07

[...] HearVox News » Archive » Shared Public Integrated Digital Media Mission Distribution Association “Once conferences were safe excuses to get away from spouses and commune with co-workers. Now they’re powerpoint infested face2face fests, where people stare at their computer screens.” (tags: conferences publicmedia beyondbroadcast hearingvoices barrett) [...]


Please don’t print articles such as this one. The US is presently in the middle of serious wars and conflicts. Public Broadcasting is in the middle of serious scrutiny and the trade publication that is supposed to lift the level of planning, discussion and service to the public doesn’t need to use precious information space in Current to print/webpublish this kind of adolscent and irresponsible, demeaning story about the industry and its conferences.

Comment added by Katherine Newcomb on 03.16.07

katherine –

why shouldn’t our media themselves be scrutinized now (or at any time)? are they exculpated from that in some fashion because they are more ‘adult’ or ‘maturated’ or current events would make it more intellectually or ethically cumbersome to?

I hardly think so.

having been involved in various academic and professional discussions/conferences/panels (ad nauseam) regarding public radio efficacy, this critique addresses something at the very heart of pr’s goal: is it doing anything and is it doing it well?

the suggestion is, “no — the bureaucracy and programming habits seem to inhibit that.”

are they that incorrect?

are these meetings capable of enacting remedies for the problems that affect all our broadcast media?

it doesn’t seem like that is the case or even the agenda.

barrett’s assessment may be adolescent, but it’s not irresponsible — perhaps a slap in the face by a senior independent producer may turn some heads.

jsv

Comment added by josef verbanac on 03.19.07



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