before the web conference

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I can only muster a "who cares?" In past years, I've always looked forward to the Penn State Web Conference. Each of the past two made me think that the event could be opened up to other CIC schools, with additional tracks aimed at engaging educators. This year, though, I can't get psyched. Okay, I'm looking forward to Krug as in past years I've looked forward to Kelly Goto, Jeffrey Veen, and Jared Spool. Overall, though... over all, I can only muster a "who cares?"

Who cares?

Like the tired Web 2.0 label, Web Conferences have become tired indicators of a focus that seems shallow and generally far more useless than I would have once admitted. There's nothing new- it isn't sessions full of brilliant minds engaging to discuss something that they've waited till the conference to anxiously reveal. In fact, most of it is old news; and the brilliant minds aren't engaging down here in the press room. They're all up a few floors in the editorial department, the news department, or on assignment.

The web is a piece of infrastructure to be used. Just do it. There are more important things. Look it up in the damned manual and just do it.

Maybe I'll feel differently on Tuesday.

This post was "typed" at the Creamery using the four inch keyboard that's on the modbook screen. I was curious about how it would serve- it's larger than phone keyboards, so it could conceivably be mastered for "texting". This wasn't as tedious and slow as I had imagined; with practice, I could get pretty quick, and I'm sure students could do quite well.

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dave said:

After the web conference:
Everyone did an excellent job. Maybe I just don't belong?
I'm weighing the potential for lightning sessions called "Shut Up and Draw" where attendees sign up to give five minute demos of a tip, trick, or technique in either Photoshop or Fireworks. Could be fun. Wanted to do this for the past three years. Is there an audience?

Tara said:

I'd love to attend a session like that. I find the "how-to" sessions boring when the technique being described isn't terribly relevant to me. But in a lightning session, there is sure to be something for everyone. (And I'd really prefer to just see that something is possible and then go back and play with it, rather than see every step of a process demonstrated to death.)

dave said:

Thanks for the feedback, Tara. That's what I'm thinking too.

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