I rarely go into rants in my blog, but I’ve been listening to the June 3rd podcast from the Gillmor Gang and I guess I’m going to have to make an exception. The ‘gang’ was going into a lot of arcane details about what rich standards will take over the web. I had to consult Wikipedia for many of the esoteric topics like Ajax (not the detergent) and Infopath. To make matters worse, there was definitely a kind of “who’s the smartest man in the room” contest going on among the guests. One of the guests (Jon Udell) was disagreeing with the others in a rather condescending manner and ending every sentence with the word “Right?”, not waiting for any reply, just continuing to monopolize the conversation while seeming to alienate the others. At one point the Steve Gillmor said that he caused the rest of the guests to ‘glaze over’, which was pretty funny because I was glazed over at that point too.
I guess the thing that amazed me most was that they were talking about Adobe in the sense that it had the potential to influence ‘rich web services’ because of their recent acquisition of Macromedia’s Flash technology for $3.4 billion.
I will admit that listening to the Gillmor Gang is a much more educational experience than most of the other podcasts out there, even the other tech podcasts, and Jon Udell is a genius, but they really need to work on the guests’ interaction skills to make it more enjoyable.