Due to the unavailability of a more qualified/desirable moderator I have been drafted to lead a session at Saturday’s BloggerCon. Supposedly there will be nearly 100 people in a single room at Harvard Law School from 1:30-2:45 pm and we’re supposed to talk about the concentration of readership among a tiny handful of blogs.
An article by Clay Shirky is the original source for the session.
This assignment frightens me for a number of reasons. First the original proposition does not seem sufficiently surprising. We are all familiar with the fact that NBC has more viewers than the local public access channel. Second I’m not sure what issue is amenable to a free-form unanchored discussion among 100 people but this one doesn’t seem like it. That’s one of my stock refrains in the online community world, actually, is that the publisher needs to frame the discussion with articles or the whole site loses focus because nobody can figure out what the purpose is.
Anyone have an idea for breaking the participants up into groups of 10, having them do something for 10 minutes, and then report the results to the whole crowd? I think many people there will have laptops and Harvard Law School has wireless access (MIT does too but visitors have to donate a kidney to the I/S department before they are authorized to use it).