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A Look Back at the PdF-That-Was

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, June 8 2011

Jay Rosen; photo credit: Esty Stein

A fairly random short collection of links to bits floating around on PdF '11:

  • Two people who had never heard of Jim Gilliam before yesterday reflect on his talk. First, Jake Levine: "As  Jim Gilliam  took the stage, his slightly nervous, ever-so-geeky, sensibility betrayed no signs of the passion, earnestness, and magnificence with which he would deliver what can only described as a modern epic: his life story."
  • And then Jesse Noyes: "When I woke up this morning I had no idea who Jim Gilliam was. I doubt you do either... That all changed when Jim gave a stirring speech in less than 15 minutes that brought catapulted the crowd up from their seats more than once. If you don’t know the name Jim Gilliam, learn it now. I suspect you’ll be seeing a lot more of him after today. "
  • Adweek's Dylan Byers reflects on "the tone." The tone? Well, for one thing, Malcolm Gladwell got dinged. (Though, if I recall correctly, Anne Marie Slaughter pointed out in her talk that Gladwell was one of the early articulators of the power of connectedness with his wonderful 1996 article "Six Degrees of Lois Weisberg.")
  • "Government Stumbles Along From E-Gov to We-Gov."
  • Lucy Bernholz posted her transcript.
  • So did Jay Rosen.
  • "Republican Party Aims to Match Democrats' Data Strength."
  • Egyptian activist Alaa Abd Al Fattah went on on NPR to talk about what he talked about at PdF: "My role during the uprising itself was I was a foot soldier. I was one person among a big mass. I was in Tahrir. There were similar masses in other cities. And my blog was one of many blogs that were key to building a pro-democracy movement years prior to the uprising. And the online communities then kept growing and growing, and they played a very big role leading up to the revolution in building up to that event but not during."
  • And we find out that one married male PdF-goer's reaction to Anthony Weiner's online extracurriculars was "good for him." Who let that guy in?

(with Becky Kazansky)