Blogher 07: Opening session quotes

Listening to CEO Rashmi Sinha,She’s Such a Geek editor and tech journalist Annalee Newitz and renowned tech visionary Esther Dyson chat with Elisa C.
Some snippets:
Rashmi: “I go back to India and meet people who have met through blogs; it’s no longer elitist–it leaves me in awe.”
Esther: “The internet is like sex, first we use it for communication, now we use it for fun. Wat we are really seeing here is that we are trying to establish an online presence for ourselves via digital identities and consistency online–I may not be available, but my flickr pages or my twitter stream are.”
Annalee: “There’s a flip side–there’s altruism, wanting to form communities, not just to broadcast but to share with and to use to collectively change things for the better–and that is one of the strong drives behind the technologies involved in this conference. That’s the utopian side of this technology.”
Annalee: “Things are changing when you feel comfortable discussing orgasms with someone with whom you might not discuss your work.”
Esther: “And then you discover your neighbor is reading your blog.”
Rashmi: “When we build social technology that allows us to feel the presence of other people in that same space, it is invigorating–Ajax and rich interfaces really help with that–it’s a stronger connection.”
Susan sez: I am amused that although Annalee joked that “the Internet is porn,” the audience actually does keep talking about sex–one women said she orgasmed on a treadmill; another gave a discourse on furries adult babies and all sorts of sexual corner cases (I am still not sure why she shared all that).
Now Kalyia is asking about what’s next for women in tech, and Rashmi is noting how entrepreneurial Blogher attendees are, and Annalee is describing how women in tech are both reaching out to one another and encouraging women to be brave about breaking boundaries.
Esther sez “Does technology need to be tailored for women–or for people?”


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  1. Kaliya says:

    It is interesting…my question was really asking if we were going to make technology ‘for people’ including women in particular because right now a lot of who I see building the technology at least in Silicon Valley is…young men under 30 (check out the Y Combinator for a great example of who is encouraged to start companies)this demographic is hardly reflective of ‘everyone.’ I spoke with Esther afterwards about what I was meaning with my question and she knew what I meant.

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