BBC: Blair attempts to woo back women.
Brian Dear: "There's a distinct rock-star syndrome going on with O'Reilly conferences."
Glenn Fleishman: "I hate attending sessions in which the person acts as though it's a giant inconvenience that they're even there."
Ben Franklin: "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worthy reading, or do things worth the writing."
Maureen Dowd: "There's an intense debate going on now about why newspapers have so few female columnists."
Steven Levy: "Since anyone can write a Weblog, why is the blogosphere dominated by white males?"
dominate: "To control, govern, or rule by superior authority or power."
BoKu Communications is "in the process of expanding its podcasting system into a network that is enabling thousands of producers to cost-effectively create compelling content to fit the needs and desires of millions of users, with marketers benefiting from the connection."
IOL: "British music companies have won the right to force Internet service providers to disclose the names and addresses of individuals accused of uploading large numbers of songs onto file-sharing networks."
Zawodny: "Maybe it's time to review Google's financials and think like like the monoplist that Microsoft is."
There's an idea floating around the blogosphere for an event called BlogHerCon, something like BloggerCon, except about women and blogging, I guess. The idea seems to have originated with Sylvia Paull, who I've know for over 20 years, and is one of my few trust-with-my-life friends. Love her, as I do, I also note that she has a habit of starting exclusive events for women, and I've always let her know how I feel about this, but over the years I think we've come to see each others' way a bit more. My belief is that no matter how much it hurts, every event must be inclusive. Sylvia has a great line to go with this "I only go to parties that my friends are welcome at" (I've paraphrased).
Anyway, part of the philosophy of BloggerCon is inclusiveness. So Sylvia says men will be welcome at the girls' con, so I guess it passes the test. But will there be male discussion leaders? Will men be allowed to speak without being ridiculed? Will women who say sexist things about men (yes, there are plenty of those) be challenged, or will people who disagree be shouted down? In other words, how "her" is this going to be? And why?
Personally, I'm more interested in a conference whose goal was to raise human self-esteem. It would be an impressive step towards upgrading our species, which, by the way, includes both men and women.
Anyway, I don't know how I feel about this event. I'll watch as it develops and let you know what I see, with some trepidation. Men usually stay silent on these issues, I've written about that before, and nothing really has changed since then. Namaste y'all!
1/1/98: Men Stay Silent.
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