Conference boomlet: Biting the hand that meets you

Charles Cooper, CNET: “Expensive mini-conferences fell out of fashion during the bust, but now that the tech business is on the mend, they are back with a vengeance.
But before bugging your boss for permission to jet off to Big Thinker’s 2004 in Cancun, ponder Cooper’s Law of Bloviation–which posits an inverse relationship between the number of speechifying multimillionaires on display and the improbability of deriving any benefits from sitting in the audience (besides logging quality snooze time).”
Cooper’s amusing squewer of high-tech speeechifying blatherfests is dead on–but the truth is, most people go to conferences to meet folks they admire and see colleagues they know–the sessions are a small part of what a *good* conference delivers.