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Political Speeches at Tech Conferences are a Bad Idea

Posted by geeknews at 11:36 AM on August 10, 2007

It appears that the goal of Gnomedex for the second year in a row is to bring in a political person to talk during the show that pisses off at least 50% of the audience. The worst part: The guy that lead off the conference was completely whacked.

The back channel conversation around this was beyond negative. Chris, remove politics from Gnomedex. People do not pay to come to a tech conference to hear a whack job political left speaker.


  1. From Bob Jordan at 1:08 pm on August 10, 2007

    Robert Steele does not exactly have left wing credentials.

  2. From Dean at 5:13 pm on August 10, 2007

    Dennis Miller gave a celeb. keynote at JavaOne a couple of years ago with some pretty tame stuff, and the next day James Gosling (father of Java) damn near had a hemorrhage about the whole thing.

    Now, I’m certain that had someone on the left made political jokes, nothing would have been said.

    All in all, I have to agree with you though. There’s a time and place for political speeches.

    Freedom of speech is just that… But remember that just because you have freedom of speech, you don’t have the right to make people listen to what you have to say. A captive audience at a tech conference is no place for this sort of thing.

  3. From ainanet at 12:30 pm on August 13, 2007

    The keynote was strange but I kind of like it.