Tom Coates writes a post on the Foo experience regarding the elitism. I wrote a post on this last weekend. Then got some mail from folks and wrote a followup post.
Foo camp is a rewarding invitation only event. Big deal. Tim has a business and his business is based up on relationships so he invites people to his campout. WTF is the big deal. How he runs his events is his business and Tom Coates writes a good opinion piece on this (see link above).. Tom Coates says …”invitation-only events happen all the time in the tech industry. There are more conferences and seminars happening in and around Silicon Valley than there are days in the year. And any individual or company is free to start their own event and invite whomsoever they choose.”
Tim’s Foocamp vision and pespective is around his business objectives not a global culture. If it was we’d have see podcasts and video from the event. He has the right to have a private party anytime anywhere. This is not a new model. Closed events have been around for a while as pointed out by Tom Coates.
To me it is my opinion isn’t that the the larger ‘macro issue’ is the effect of private get togethers in a global blogosphere. The net is now comprised of a growing blogosphere. The blogosphere is based upon connections. A blogosphere without connections is like a city without sidewalks. Connections create feedback and feedback loops drive the effectiveness of the blogosphere. Without and openand feedback centric culture the connections and relationships lose the vibrancy and effectiveness.