This Scoble thread is baffling to me – mostly because I think most of these people are smarter than me, yet they are all playing by playground rules.
I hate witnessing really smart people bringing themselves down to the gutter because of emotional and not intellectual responses. This complete thread is a lose-lose proposition.
NONE of these people look good over this. Not Robert, who I like. Not Shelley, who I don’t know.
If I were putting on a conference I would simply invite the best available people to that conference. Period. If it ends up that only 10% of them (or 1% of them) are WHITE, or WOMEN, or DWARFS, it wouldn’t even be a consideration of mine. I want the best PEOPLE.
I would like to think that I wouldn’t be swayed by politicking from women, men, Tall People, etc.
There is a simple fact that people haven’t addressed in this thread though – there are FAR fewer women in tech than men. So why would ANYONE be surprised that more men that women are invited to speak at a Geek conference?
Any why would ANYONE assume that everyone else in the conversation is “evil”, or doesn’t have the best interests of the industry in mind? Why the assumed animosity?
This is a petty “Web 1.0” flame thread, and it’s making everyone involved look petty, and they just need to stop. Some of them need to grow up, and some need to set their egos aside. *ALL* of them need to remember that they are a role model, for good or bad, to someone – and they are failing that someone.
None of them are “right” though, because ALL of them are hurting our profession, and actually – they are getting to the point they are embarrassing me.