: At these conferences, it’s common to see someone (usually Joi Ito) start an IRC channel for chat among the participants or, if it’s webcast, among those watchig from afar. At this session, Kevin Marks put the channel up on the projector so all could read. This quickly changed the tone of the discussion. Usually, the IRC backchannel is the place for the snarky side comment. Now, all can see. I pointed this out on the channel and it scared a few of the participants. But I like the transparency. It’s multi-talking.
by Jeff Jarvis