Infrastructure Summit Day 1: A Luddite Blogs

I’m blogging from the main hall of the Infrastructure Summit. I’m out in the field. Jacking in to the ‘net. Ten years ago, I’d have looked at Future Paul and thought, golly, he’s so hi tech.

Here in 2011, I can’t help but feel like a hopelessly antiquated geriatric case. See, I don’t have a cell phone and I barely comprehend the vagaries of Facebook, let alone Twitter. Everywhere I go at this thing I’m surrounded by people with their mobiles out, social networking up a storm. Have you seen the TwitChat feed for this event (hashtag NIS)? It’s relentless.

Hell, even 89-year-old Mayor McCallion of Mississauga has an iPhone.

It’s time I get thrown on the scrap heap. (At least, based on what I heard at the innovation workshop, I’m pretty sure I could be recycled and the municipality could earn a brief revenue off me.)

Author: Paul Dechene

Paul Dechene is 5'10'' tall and he was born in a place. He's not there now. He's sitting in front of his computer writing his bio for this blog. He has a song stuck in his head. It's "Girl From Ipanema", thanks for asking. You can follow Paul on Twitter at @pauldechene and get live updates during city council meetings and other city events at @PDcityhall.

One thought on “Infrastructure Summit Day 1: A Luddite Blogs”

  1. Show up at the Summit tomorrow without an iPhone or iPad or iPaul and you’ll be tossed in the snow outside Queensbury.

    Not only do we get to see dead-dull Powerpoint slides while the speaker reads from them, we get to see another screen with live twitter feeds from people around us at the summit.

    I’m a web-geek, I love facebook, I twitter, but in a real-life conference I want to see and hear each speaker for only what he or she is saying in real time in front of me.

    A stage, a podium, a microphone, an audience — that’s it.

    (Disclosure: I did tweet on the summit after I got home.)

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