There has been a huge uproar about the whole FOO camp bonanza. There is alot of buzz on the A-List about who has been invited and who hasn’t. As far as I can see it would be a cracker of a weekend with some of the smartest people getting around. If I was having a party (which is pretty much all it is) I’d only invite people that I wanted to come. I certainly wouldn’t ask someone who would call all the other people there tools. The simple fact of the matter is having a good time, (over a weekend, a night or a day) for most people doesn’t involve conflict so you don’t ask people that cause it to come. It’s a simple way to make sure your guests have a good time.
I have no doubt that Dave Winer is one of the people that has almost singlehandedly changed the Internet, but he probably wouldn’t get a call up to drink my free booze. 🙂 On the other hand, I think it’s ridiculous that you wouldn’t invite Russ Beattie it’s pretty clear that he’s one of the most switched on guys in mobility getting around and it’s an area O’Reilly really should be thinking about. It’s not just that he’s smart, he’s influential. I’m not really sure what most people think but surely Mobile Monday is pretty good prior art (I know he didn’t entirely start it).