Irony conference

social networksWhile looking at information on next week’s O’Reilly conference Graphing Social Patterns – (“this event is for both business executives and technical developers who want to learn more about the evolving environment, and how to reach online communities using new and established social networking platforms and applications”) I clicked through to see what the conference rate and media pass information.

I was pretty amused to read their section on media qualifications.

To qualify for a complimentary media pass for GSP East, the applicant must cover the industry on a regular basis by writing regular reports or publishing articles on related business or technology issues that are not solicited by an exhibiting company. Private consultants who are paid by an individual company are not eligible for a media pass, and should request a pass from the sponsoring company. Also not eligible are financial/financial research analysts, book authors, contributors to user/community group publications, [emphasis mine] or photographers unless they are on official assignment with a reporter who has already been issued media credentials.

Don’t get me wrong – I understand completely that this conference is largely targeted at those people, so giving away access isn’t a smart business move – but it still makes me chuckle to read about a social network conference that doesn’t certify ‘citizen journalists.’

Image courtesy of Luc Legay

1 Comment so far

  1. dmc500 on June 6th, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

    hi Don –

    (just saw this now, sorry didn’t followup earlier…)

    i’m the program chair for GSP East, and i must admit i hadn’t seen the language before that O’Reilly was using for the media pass requests. my guess is that’s probably boilerplate that was borrowed from earlier times when they were a little more stringent on the online vs offline reporting policy.

    these days, i know they may still have RSS readership rqmts for blogger / media passes, but i’m pretty sure they do make them available to notable bloggers. certainly as program chair i’ve expressed my opinion that online media and print media are equally notable / respectable.

    apologies for any impressions otherwise. if you’d like to followup, drop me a note or let me know at the conference.


    – dave mcclure
    program chair, graphing social patterns

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