I am not attending Roots Tech nor an Official Blogger for Roots Tech so I don't have any status or standing with Roots Tech to be concerned about. Yeah, what I am about to say may come back to bite me in the ass later. But it wouldn't be the first time.
When I heard about Roots Tech's decision to ban book publishers, genealogical studies and any kind of arts and crafts from the vendor hall the first thing that came to mind was author Ray Bradbury. In his vision of the future, firemen start fires to burn books; and the title of his book, "Fahrenheit 451" stands for the temperature at which books burn. Often mentioned in connection with books like George Orwell's "1984" (Big Brother and the Thought Police), characters in this novel commit the contents of the great classics to memory, because it's illegal to own a book. What would you do if you couldn't own a library of books? How would you react to Big Brother and the Thought Police deciding what is good for you and dissidents are erased from history?
I realize this is an extreme comparison. Roots Tech certainly does not run the country nor make laws. But are they setting precedence?
We all bring a different dish to the genealogy community table. Book publishers, educators and artisans are vital contributors. Technology has made every ones lives easier to work and play. Roots Tech's ban on vendors who sell or publish books, who represent genealogical studies or artisans makes no sense to me at all.
As a blogger I have a voice. If only one person reads this, then I have been heard. With over 2000 Geneabloggers out there who also have a voice I imagine the sound would be deafening.