Really don't get the impression that people buy tickets to see Watson for the controversy, if that was the case, wouldn't the Q&As be a lot more hostile? The controversies seem to happen mostly afterwards, when Watson's stuff is posted online.Steersman wrote:Maybe it's the controversy that she produces that sells tickets? Although, as you suggest, if she's largely just blowing smoke that can't redound to the credit of the various conventions.
The impression I get is that Watson and the FTBers are seen as b-celebrities that sells tickets for the medium to small size events that can't afford the A-list like Dawkins, Harris, Dennet, etc, and that these b-celebrities also serves as useful fluff between the main attractions for the big events.
I also suspect that they are pretty friendly and personal with the higher ups in organizations, that keep feeding them speaking gigs partially because they are "pals". As such, I guess it's not that important what they actually say and do?
(Watson seem to be in the progress of stepping up to the A-list though, which is kinda bizarre.)
But I'm largely unfamiliar with how the con circuit actually work, I've never been to a con, and I have even less idea off how they are organized or who do the organizing. This is just what I'm guessing, and that's the reason I'm asking how and by who these things are handled.