Comments: Comments on Panels are Dead

My 2 cents. I really think it depends on the audience. If the gap is huge and the audience really wants a primer, panels or even lectures are good. If it's a bunch of people who know each others work (mostly) the the bloggercon thing works. It's the ones that are mixed... where there are people who'd rather just listen, mixed with a bunch of people who want to participate (sometimes these people are all speakers) that it gets a bit difficult. I agree that anything boring is no fun, but I find that when I'm speaking to a fresh audience who really want to get up to speed, 30 min to 1 hr of focused one-way followed by Q&A can be more enlightening than a scattered round-table sort of discussion among people who don't have a clue. I find this a lot of Creative Commons discussions when people start out with a complete misunderstanding and you sort of have to argue backwards from their assertions.

But I guess I'm reiterating stuff others have said.

Posted by Joi Ito at May 6, 2005 05:35 PM