While the title sounds like this should be some deep, thought-provoking post, it's actually just a link to a comic. Sorry to disappoint. However, the comic is pretty much right-on. I've seen a lot of this myself, and just recently read an article about this kind of behavior even at mainstream IT conferences. Definitely a sad trend.
With all that said, the comic is also pretty darn funny. :-) Check it out - Pix Plz
Note: This is from a webcomic that I recently began reading called XKCD. It's pretty funny, though very geek-oriented. If you enjoy the Pix Plz comic, you may want to check out some of the previous strips as well.