Anche nelle conferenze tradizionali le conversazioni più interessanti sono sempre quelle che si fanno negli interstizi. Il cambiamento è lì - e dove, altrimenti?
"Maybe this is the way it works now, with this networked technology, in small steps taken by individuals and groups. No mass-audience moment, no celebrated tipping point like the televised Nixon-Kennedy debates, but a million loosely linked events and projects distributed across the country and the Net, with big changes coming from the bottom up.
Or maybe a generation spoiled by the concept of accelerated "Internet time" expects too much, too soon when it comes to something so large and essentially conservative as a national political campaign. Chris Anderson, the editor of Wired magazine and author of "The Long Tail," an influential book about markets in the age of the Internet, told me in an interview last year that "change does not happen at the pace of technology. ... Change happens at the pace of generations."