If I were going to embrace female stereotypes, I would say that the reason this week’s Roundtable is the longest in our brief history at 35 minutes is due to the panel discussion consisting entirely of females. Instead, I’ll speculate that it’s because my two guests this week were so smart and articulate that I couldn’t get enough of what they had to say!
Anna Farmery and Laura Fitton joined me this week, and we covered some major stories in new media and mainstream news alike.
SXSW and the Zuckerberg/Lacy Keynote – Witch Hunt?
We started with the new media world’s biggest story of the week, the Twitterbomb that went off all over SXSW during the now-infamous Zuckerberg interview with Business Week’s Sarah Lacy. The panel agrees that the overreaction was profound, despite admitting that it was perhaps not the best interview ever and the journalist did misread her audience. However, we all speculate whether there was a hint of subtle sexism in the gusto with which Lacy was rake over the coals.
Speaking of Sexism…
While not specifically relating to our usual subject matter, I wanted to review the media reaction to the week’s biggest political story, the Eliot Spitzer scandal. We discussed the overwhelming focus that mainstream outlets and bloggers are devoting to Mrs. Spitzer, and her decision to assist in the damage control by appearing at the mea culpa press conference. Anna finds it deplorable that these women have always been placed in this position, and blames political advisors and crisis communications consultants for forcing, and Laura reminds us all that we cannot begin to speculate on the inner workings of someone else’s family.
Bebo “Only” Worth $850 Million
We wrap up the show with a chat on the implications of Bebo’s recent sale to AOL. I mention Jeff Jarvis’ excellent take on the acquisition, as he speculates that like many major merger deals before it, Bebo will end up in flames.