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Re: Nader Conference? (A view from someone who was there...)
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- Subject: Re: Nader Conference? (A view from someone who was there...)
- From: Mitch Stone <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 17 Nov 97 15:36:57 -0800
In reply to Pieter Nagel's message sent 11/16/97 12:36 PM:
>If the MS criticism is limited to a highly paid minority, why is the
>term "Microsoft bashing" so prevalent and well known?
As someone who was also there... allow me to second that emotion.
Precious little in the way of "bashing" was going on at this event. Yes,
Microsoft critics held the floor by in large, but this was mainly the
result of a refusal on the part of Microsoft officials to participate in
The press was out in force, and though I've yet to see many of the
products, they made a credible effort to keep everyone on the beam.
Richard Brandt of Upside Magazine I thought did a particularly credible
job of asking difficult questions of the panelists. These questions were
answered, included those asked by Mr. Kelly.
This was by no means, as per Steve Ballmer's hyperbole, a "kangaroo
court." In fact, a goodly number of the speakers provided views of
Microsoft and its role in the industry in a rather ambiguous and/or
conciliatory fashion. One reads between the lines of Mr. Kelly's
"reflections" on the conference a certain frustration that the conference
did not amount to the pile-on he anticipated, or perhaps even hoped for.
>From the criticism (dare I say, bashing?) directed at Ralph Nader, the
conference organizers and the speakers, one wonders who would Microsoft
and its supporters find to be appropriately qualfied to express their
concerns? Their competitors are certainly not in a position to be
critics, and consumer activists apparently also lack validity. Who, then?
This is a rhetorical question, of course, so allow me to answer it:
Nowhere, and never.
By the way "Ralph Nader Does Not Speak for Me," either -- I prefer to do
that for myself. But that does not stop me from LISTENING to the views
others. Those who would whine mightily at the very _thought_ of this
conference might just give it a try sometime.
If you don't see it Microsoft's way, then you just don't
have enough information. -- Silicon Valley Saying
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