Theology After Google BuzzMachine.com (And Me)
I’m positively geeking out at this point about the Theology After Google conference, March 10-12, in Claremont, California, because one of my all-time heroes of the Web and journalism—Jeff Jarvis (BuzzMachine.com)—is now planning to participate in the conference via Skype.
Jarvis is a former TV critic for TV Guide and People magazine, and he’s the creator of Entertainment Weekly magazine. He’s currently an associate professor at City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism (directing its new media program), the author of What Would Google Do? (in which he reverse engineers Google the company to apply its genius to all sorts of different spheres), and co-host on This Week in Google.
I must admit to being a bit of a fanboy of Jeff’s, and his obsession with Google is partly what inspired me to start Googlewatchers last year (although that hasn’t quite taken off yet—maybe if Jeff got behind it …). Sure, I butted heads with Jeff during the last election (he was for Hillary, I was for Obama), but who didn’t I butt heads with during the last election?
Anyway, Jeff’s been through prostate cancer—something that I have a high risk factor for, as well. (In fact, my father’s PSA numbers just jumped again so he’s going in for another biopsy. “Another,” meaning, he’s been down this road before, so far, without any “positive” results for cancer.) Jeff has lived his life on the open Web, well, openly and often obnoxiously honestly, but it’s that incessant drive for transparency that has endeared him to me. And he’s just right about a lot of things a lot of the time.
Also Skyping in for Theology After Google is Ori Brafman, co-author of The Starfish and The Spider, which is another phenomenal ground-breaking book. There may be other additions to the lineup, as well, but the in-person and via-video participants so far are shaping up to be a really exciting gathering that I’m super geeked to be a part of.
If you can get yourself to L.A. next month, for just $99 you can have fun geeking out with me at this theology and technology geek-fest.