By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm
I’ve been reporting on tech conferences at the Las Vegas Convention Center for close to twenty years–as well as ones at other conference facilities from Chicago to Monte Carlo to Tokyo. For about half that time–since the dawn of consumer digital photography–I’ve been not only scribbling notes but also snapping pictures.
Nobody ever complained until this morning, when a security guard (with dog) found it suspicious that I was taking photos at CTIA, followed me into the press room, and demanded that I explain myself. I got testy, he called for backup and seemed alarmed when I got up to complain to the CTIA folks running the press room, and it all ended semi-happily when a CTIA rep told him I probably wasn’t a threat. I gave him my business card and berated him (loudly) until he skulked away.
Like I told him, there are several hundred other people here covering the show in words and pictures–if my actions were alarming, he and his pooch are going to have their work cut out for them over the next few days…