unmediated: You know how I've been talking for quite awhile about the need for an open-source-style infrastructure that supports collaborative, iterative video editing? (Sure you do.) Well, "unmediated is a group blog that tracks the tools, processes, and ideas being used to decentralize media production and distribution." Wow! Someone else is (actually, lots of "someone elses" are) thinking like I do!
In his latest podcast ( Blogarithms IT Conversations News: August 14, 2005 ), Doug Kaye mentioned an interesting anecdotal tidbit: People seem less interested in panel discussions at conferences than they do in single speakers. The panel discussions get lower ratings at ITConversations.com, and... there was some other reason he mentioned it, too. (Okay, so I don't remember. Sorry!) As I was listening to one of their panel discussions this morning, I had a thought: It was really hard to follow. It takes a lot of mental energy to keep up with who's-saying-what. And I don't even particular care about the who's-who; it would be even worse if I really need to know which person was making a particular point. Could that be what people are reacting to when they rate panel discussions lower than single-speaker talks?