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Business Week misquote

Wednesday, May 09, 2007 by Dave Winer.

I know you're not supposed to object when a big print pub like Business Week quotes you, but they got it wrong, even when they quoted me verbatim from the web. I didn't think it was possible, but here it is. Permalink to this paragraph

Here's the article, and here's the quote.  Permalink to this paragraph

I do not believe "one factor spurring the growth of unconferences is their ability to tap the smarts of the people who usually sit mute in the audience." Permalink to this paragraph

Yet they say I believe that.  Permalink to this paragraph

I don't know if they believe it. Or if it's just some short-hand, or empty throwaway words that fill up all Business Week articles. Permalink to this paragraph

Truth be told, most things they call unconferences are not, imho, unconferences, and don't address the question I said they should address. If you determine the schedule ad hoc, but still put speakers in front of a silent group of people, you haven't changed very much, imho. If that's spurring growth, then it's not a good kind of growth.  Permalink to this paragraph

Further, I don't think the kind of unconferences I like are actually growing. I know I'm not supposed to say that, but I like to stay grounded in the truth. When I say something is growing, I want that to mean something. So I don't say something is growing when I don't believe it is. Permalink to this paragraph

See below, on The Scientific Method, as it applies to journalism. Permalink to this paragraph

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