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June 23, 2013

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Is this really happening or has some new reality TV show been launched? I'm not an IABC member, but it almost makes me want to join just to see how this awkwardness plays out.

"There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to" — The Outer Limits of IABC oddness.

Hope the conference remains interesting...

For a brief moment, I was hoping all those people who wanted "to start a conversation" were talking about getting "the elephant in the room" out of the way. Oh well. Maybe it will be addressed on the last day of the conference.

I must give credit to the guy from New Jersey -- way to steer into the skid.

Erm, why Edelman? Didn't it have severe reputation problems of its own? And isn't IABC the bastion of internal comms? Whatevs.

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