Loic Lemeur: Betraying 1000 attendees for his own political ambitions?
fyi: In order to understand my posting, please make sure to take a look at this posting on Loic’s page. He has changed it since it go online, but this is a story which has more than just one side. You should at least follow some of the references.
Last year at Leblogs we had the problem of being promised a high profile event, like *the* major event in this regard, and got took by surprise how the audience was not really even. A lot of more geeky people (as being early adopters and ahead of the curve) met the more normal people.
This year I was expecting differently: No approach as a high end conference to the early adopters with real impulses, real new interesting discussion but I was aware that with 1000 people coming I would not be among my peers only but would be in the ‘consulting’ role.
I was fine with that as it would also give me a chance to meet a lot of new and known people. It was clear that though a lot of the speakers had more to say it would be difficult to get into deeper discussion.
Surely as it turns out it is still a single track program – a fault in itself. Looking at the program it was also clear very soon that there had not been spend enough time on really putting together a program which would work with this audience, the size of the audience and the structure of the audience.
Let me repeat that in different words:
If you have an audience like this and a standing like this in Europe for this conference you invest some time in making the the program. This obviously has not happened. Which is why i have an amount of political content i never wanted to see nor wanted to attend and everything else got pushed aside because of that – without me having really a choice through this.
So far it was to be seen from the preparation that it would be a not very organized event but still. Some of the topics would have been nice.
Would have been. Because this event has been hijacked to be a pit stop of the french presidential election campaign.
I do not go to a EUROPEAN conference to listen to a guy in french talking about french politics. I do not care as they do not care. I would have had less problem with having this scheduled on the program, it being in french and having the rest in order.
I did not go to a conference to have to show my id to get in. I did not intent to go to a tech conference and find myself having barred out of the big room because some security wants to search it.
I do not tolerate that a lot of my friends who are supposed to be speaking for 20 min got told the day of the speaking that oh they have to make it in like 10 minutes to make space for some “last minute changes” while as the same time it was possible to organize translation headsets and translaters for those french politicians.
I will not tolerate that for another politician questions are cut off of people coming to this conference for a totally different thing.
I will not get taken hostage being part of an audience where the headline actually can be “politician … in front of 1000 of europe’s top technology attendees.”
While I did get a free pass for the conference I still have expenses of several hundred dollars in travel expenses plus my time. This event was set up to be a great conference. But nearly everybody I was talking to was disgusted, disappointed and especially personally disappointed with Loic in this. French too btw.
I am wondering as Dieter Rappold of Knallgrau did how the sponsors of Leweb 3 feel having sponsered a plattform for politicians.
Many of the attendees of this conference work in high positions of new AND old media in Europe. They are connected even without a working Wifi.
The result of this conference is very simple for me:
What was done to us today goes against anything this new world stands for. I am surprise about how stupid a person like Loic Lemeur can be to still try to pull it off. ESPECIALLY him.
This has been a mediocre conference through the organisation and how the program have been set up. It has been a mediocre conference through the way the side event / blog entries / connection of the attendees has taken place (or better it has not.) Read the reports on this.
It is not the people attending nor the speakers. I feel sorry especially for the speakers to be connected with this.
For what? The only answer I have for this is:
Loic Lemeur has sold out his european peer group for some cheap headlines in french politics – if at all. He has destroyed trust and confidence in a way I have never seen this before.
He has not shoot himself in the foot, this is more like having shot himself in the head.
Is it interesting to have politics coming to such an event? Could it be done in a good way so people like me really got exited about it? Yes, absolutly. If you want to know how to absolutly not do it, look at this “conference”.
Some reading suggestions:
- Tom Morris is collecting quotes from several of the attendees.
- Telegraph: Why are they here?
- A letter to Loic: LeWeb3 is political propaganda
- Le Web 3 hacked by French politicians
- Le Web 3: Hijacking
- Election campaign at LeWeb3
- Le Web 3: The Sarkozy Show
- Tom Raftery: Le Web 3 renamed Loic (pronounced Le Week)
- leweb3: no politicians for the politics and blogging session
- Le Web 3: old fashioned propaganda (very good)
- LeWeb3 Fallout. As A Speaker, I’m Not Happy (Ewan Spence)
Tags: european view