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The Saddest Place at Open Networking Summit

SANTA CLARA, CA – This is the media center for Open Networking Summit 2016. It's the room set aside for editors and analysts. It is typical of media centers at technology conferences. They are all the same.

You never, ever want to go into the media center.

The media center is a bleak, beige, windowless place filled with deathly silence and loneliness, where soon you will contemplate the poor life choices that led you there.

Also, the coffee is terrible.

— Mitch Wagner, Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profile, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading.

Mitch Wagner 3/28/2016 | 12:02:12 PM
Re: Great expose of "Press Rooms" A fax machine! Wow!
ajwdct1 3/26/2016 | 1:42:04 PM
Great expose of "Press Rooms" I've covered ONS past five years (since 2012) yet was even invited to Press Room.  I wouldn't have gone anyway since it's almost always a bleak, depressing, empty room with an attendent doing nothing.

Wasn't always that way!  Before smart phones & tablets, the press room often had a couple of PCs with Internet connections you could use and sometimes a fax machine too.  Gone- just like networking/telecom engineering!

Here's my 2016 ONS Summary:  http://viodi.com/2016/03/22/2016-open-networking-summit-open-source-rules-but-many-choices/

 
Joe Stanganelli 3/26/2016 | 9:35:32 AM
Re: All in how you look at it Actually, at the MIT event, I think it had much more to do with the fact that the press room had a set -- replete with plain paper background and an interview-style set-up -- for video interviews.
mendyk 3/21/2016 | 9:32:13 AM
Re: All in how you look at it A crowded press room is often an indicator of the availability of free food and beverages. Was that the case at MIT?
Joe Stanganelli 3/21/2016 | 3:07:53 AM
All in how you look at it I actually prefer the bleak, drab, empty media rooms/press centers.  Sometimes I just need a quiet place where I can recharge (both my devices and my mental state).

The press room at MIT CIO last year was crowded and hopping...effectively making it near useless for my purposes as I tried to transcribe notes and spew out copy.  (It didn't help that it was in a basement.)
[email protected] 3/17/2016 | 3:55:24 PM
Deja view Yeah, looks familar... from 1999 to the modern day.

Let's see if I can beat that with the one I will have to go to next week to pick up a badge... the thing about the OFC press room, though, is that it is run by a bunch of livewire folks who know what they are doing. The decor and coffee, tho, could be just as grim.
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