An Open Letter to Mike Arrington:
Mike, we miss you. Please visit soon.
I hope whatever malady or depression keeping you out of the public eye passes quickly, and i'd love to buy you a beer the next time you're out & about in San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, or Austin, or anywhere outside a 5-mile radius of Atherton, CA.
I just don't see how you think you're able to put a story together about what happened at SXSW and the Lacy-Zuckerberg interview without being here to see it & experience it first-hand yourself. It's just not the kind of thing you're going to get a grasp on from one-thousand miles away, or from a phone conversation or video clip or twittercast.
in fact i'd say it's a bit questionable to present your interpretation of what happened as the likely scene that went down, rather than pieced together from a video clip & a half-dozen twitter conversations almost a half-continent away. i doubt the folks reporting on Obama-Clinton debates or Iraq get taken seriously if they watch from afar & say "here's what i think happened". NFW.
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Furthermore, i don't see how you can characterize that video clip -- with or without the flirting, overly familiar & inappropriate behavior, with or without the rambling non-questions & half-insults, with or without the audience's completely exasperated reaction, and finally with or without sarah turning on them like a cornered mountain lion -- as anything but a complete meltdown.
In abject contrast, i thought your interview of Mark at TechCrunch40 last year was 180-degrees different: it was spontaneous, insightful, on-topic, interesting, and engrossing in the extreme.
I had a front-row seat for that event, and i wouldn't have given it up for the world. Whether or not you consider yourself a geek, i thought you had a solid connection with Mark that made for a great interview. Kudos to you.
But somehow lately, something doesn't seem right. Recently there was a private event in SF i attended that was a real blast, and based on previous conversations i was really hoping & looking forward to having you come join us. While i know you're always quite busy & get invited to a gazillion events, i must admit i was disappointed when we found out you weren't going to be able to make it. And then again for SXSW, i was a bit surprised you weren't making the trip out to Austin for a terrific weekend which i'm sure you would have enjoyed tremendously (zuck interview or otherwise).
In closing i'd just like to wrapup by saying mike: the door is wide open. I wonder sometimes if you haven't gotten so famous we'll never again see the prankster side of mr. arrington, pictured at right masquerading as a certain french angel investor with a curious taste for web 2.0 startups.
in any case mike: i wish you well.
but more than that, wish you were here.