Well. . . . fuck us sideways: it’s late. The Jackenhacks Organising Team is dead on its feet. But before we turn in. . .
Big thanks to everyone who came along. When we staged the first of these things in 2007, the audience was the star. It was the same last night.
Thanks, too, to Steve Earl and Stephen Waddington of Speed Communications for being brave enough to front the gig.
A big thank you to those of you who were nominated, or won awards that you’d rather not have won — and yet took it with good grace.
Michael Litman’s acceptance speech? He asked to make it. And if that doesn’t make you want to hire him, we’re not sure what will.
Thank you, too, to John Garewal of Dennis Publishing for his threat of legal action. It gave us something to talk about.
Many thanks to wonderful Laura of Trimedia for helping out with registration. Your immunity to cold was much appreciated. Thanks to Shane and his crew at The Dust Bar for doing the business.
Thanks, too, to Twitter, Eventbrite and Google, without whom the Jackenhacks wouldn’t be possible.
Thanks to Steve Earl (again) for his blog post entitled “It’s a funless old game”. It seemed only right that the best debate about the Jackenhacks happened on someone else’s blog.
Along the way, Matt Ravden, Will Sturgeon, Eric Doyle and others made some interesting comments ahead of last night’s event.
We liked this one from Will:
No client worth having is going to think “F*ck me, Bite/LEWIS/WaggEd/whoever won a big pink cock at the Jackenhacks…I should probably steer clear / stop / start working with them.”
Well, of course. But we can see where Matt Ravden was going with this argument for creating:
a genuinely inclusive environment for competitors to be friends and co-boozers for a few hours, rather than having some kind of ‘in-crowd’ getting together to laugh at people THEY think deserve to be mocked.
Odd, that. Here at the Jackenhacks, we always thought we were the out crowd, rather than the in crowd. Perhaps it’s up to someone else to do the inclusive thing. If you’re thinking along those lines, get in touch. Maybe we can help you out.
But the whole idea of in crowds and out crowds, in a way, is the point. Take away the iron claw of Big Media, insert social media in its place, and what happens?
You get voices everywhere. Running off in lots of directions. Add in some situationism and the mix gets volatile. We start to think: our verdicts end up being defined by our perspectives.
It’s called debate. PR Weak – like the rest of Big Media – likes to use the word. But because of the rusty old conventions of journalism, the promise never lives up to the reality.
Er. We’re not quite sure how we got from a party in Shoreditch to the future of media and free speech in the workplace.
It might be the wine. It might be you lot. But we got there.
Next year? Who knows. If you want it, we’ll do it. But if not, we won’t. Let us know what you think.
Meanwhile: G’night all.