so apparently i've been defending AMTSO a bunch lately. well, i think it's time to restore a little bit of balance to the force and show that i can be an equal opportunity critic.
you see, there's something i just don't understand about AMTSO. something that just doesn't make sense. i know it's members are people - it's members (sorry if the assumption here is wrong, i just can't tell which individuals are in it and which aren't for the most part) even admit that AMTSO is made of people - so why does the members page list companies instead of people almost exclusively?
way to present yourselves as sell-outs, guys and gals. it's no wonder people worry about AMTSO being a tool of the 'av industrial complex' with a membership that's so impersonal and corporate.
it's not as though you can't list the person along with their organizational affiliation - that's how the WildList reporters have been listed for as long as i can remember.
recently a joint post by several members was published that spoke about (among other things) transparency - so where's the transparency in AMTSO's membership? who exactly are you and why are most of you hiding behind vendor names when AMTSO is supposedly not a tool of the vendors?
i mentioned in a previous post that i mostly agreed that AMTSO wasn't responsible for the misconceptions people have about them, but on this one point in particular i think they actually are responsible. membership is basically secret - although i can find out names of who's on what committee, the union of those committees does not appear to represent the entire membership - and with a secret membership i'm left wondering if AMTSO qualifies as a not-so-secret secret society (least secret secret society evar!).
i really think AMTSO is sending the wrong message by listing companies instead of people as members of the organization. i think the members should stand and be counted, take ownership of their participation and the views they bring to the table, even if those views happen to not be in their employers' best interests. also if the membership page showed people's names it would be harder for people to fraudulently claim membership (it may not be a problem yet, but as AMTSO gains more mindshare it will be).