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How Jeff Jarvis got Thrown Out

Jeff Jarvis writes here about how he got thrown out of the Online Publishers’ Association conference. Jarvis is the creator of the weblog BuzzMachine, which is one of the places people go to find out about new thinking in media. You can read more about him here. So why was he thrown out? Jay Rosen, among others, is trying to get an explanation. Some suggest it was concerns from people associated with the Wall Street Journal.

Jarvis writes that he was rushed out so fast he could hardly draw breath.

After I finished talking and sat down to hear the next panel, I was ejected from the meeting. It wasn’t anything I said, I don’t think. It was that they now wanted a closed meeting. As I was rather unceremoniously rushed out, still noshing on my cookie, grabbing my coat and hat and trying not to let the door hit me in the ass on the way out, I turned to the room and said, “One last thing: Think open-source, people.” It got a laugh and even a hand.

Why did this happen? Jarvis writes in the comment thread:

I don’t think who said what when to whom is terribly telling. I was clear with them about my plan to be there all day. They changed their mind and obviously weren’t clear enough with me. He said. she said. So what? We learn what we need to know about the attitude of the organization in any case. To someone in the room, my presence there was seen as a danger, though not because I was going to blog – as this was happening, I said so the room could hear that I wasn’t blogging. Still, what the action said is that I wasn’t trusted and that’s insulting because I work with many of these people and I keep their confidences. But I don’t think it was me. It was my status: I was an outsider.

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    Posted January 12, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    A private club held a private meeting. Big deal.

    If Jarvis, an online publisher, wants to participate in the Online Publishers’ Association conference, he should cough up the membership fee like everybody else.

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    walter
    Posted January 13, 2009 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    those opa member days are always closed, and i’d bet they told jeff what the drill would be in advance. he ended up being embarrassed, and because this is what he does, he wrote a long and whining post about it. jarvis needs people to ask him to speak– paid or non-paid– but he wants everything under his own terms, and if you do something he doesn’t like personally he becomes enraged. it’s pretty pathetic. organizations like the opa are trying to do what they need to do, and btw, jeff, they aren’t ENTIRELY filled with dumb “old” thinkers. otherwise, what would you have to be so mad about? maybe this will suggest to some that he is not the best person to give a platform to in the future.

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    Tom
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Point is: Everything is debatable these days. Everyone has a blog or website. Nothing is SECRET. No meting of any organisation in any industry can be “closed” these days. Because they will always be someone in the room blogging (either live or not live, it doesn’t matter) about something in the meeting. Whether this is good or not. Is another question.

    Oh, and whether Mr. Jarvis should be allowed to stay in the meeting after his talk or not is a very subjective question.

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