All the talks are now up and nicely indexed. A couple of blogs that covered the conference are also mentioned. I highly recommend watching the talks. One was a bit rambly and far too long, but made some important points. All the rest were pithy, on-topic and entertaining. There was a mixture of fire and thoughtfulness; humour and anger; intellectualism and emotion. The panels were all carefully put together and the audience participation was interesting and relevant.
I’m less enthusiastic than Walsh about Justin Vacula’s livetweeting. Although his output was prodigious, it seemed disingenuous to say the least. For instance, he posted 20-30 tweets during most talks and then in others – most notably Ophelia Benson’s and those of other speakers he dislikes – he posted only one or two. Even those tweets almost pathologically failed to capture the salient points of the talks. It was as though he didn’t want to give those speakers credit for their excellent talks, enlightened views or well-crafted arguments. That’s Vacula’s choice, of course and he certainly did get a lot of good information about the conference out there. I just wish he’d been a bit more honest.