I sent this today to the folks over at Webzine. My career as professional curmudgeon has begun! It's one of skills passed down through the generations in my family, as many of you know. Wish me luck.
Every day I see the same crop of blogs promoting the same brand of whiz-bang boosterism. It reminds me of 1998, only the soundtrack has changed. Am I the only one who's read any Sinclair Lewis?
You need a contrarian viewpoint, just to balance things out. Web conferences are universally venues for software developers or content creators to promote their work or their philosophy of the web. No one ever calls bullshit, or asks questions like "is LiveJournal's best feature that fact that it segregates the diarists from the rest of the world?"* or "are blogs increasing the sum total of ignorance and stupidity in the world?"
I'm available to stick a wrench in the promotional machine for the low, low price of enough beer to get me tipsy. And maybe a couple of cigarettes, if I haven't quit again.