Sunday March 16, 2014

hesitated to blog about SXSW because of all the chaos, but as this is the last day ... Much of it was like "A Night at the Asylum". Rapper Tyler, The Creator, was arrested Saturday for allegedly inciting a riot during a show at SXSW music festival. Rashad Charjuan Owens barreled into a group of people at SXSW March 13, killing two and injuring 23. The big draws at the interactive arm never showed - National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared via video-link from Russia and the Ecuadorian embassy in London respectively. On Friday, March 14, Lady Gaga gave the keynote at SXSW 2014, a long interview conducted by John Norris that covered her career in pop. I watched highlights of her performance - terrible - when part of the set featured a performance art piece in which a woman vomited on the pop star, not once but twice. It was like she and everyone else was having a nervous breakdown ... yet there were some great performances along the way...

  SXSW Music Festival Google Videos

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early every year (usually in March) in Austin, Texas. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in size every year. In 2011, the conference lasted for 10 days, with SXSW Interactive lasting for five, Music for six, and Film running concurrently for nine days. South by Southwest is run by a company, called SXSW Inc., that plans and executes conferences, trade shows, festivals and other events. In addition to the three main South by Southwest festivals, the company runs three other conferences, two in Austin: SXSWedu, a conference on educational innovation, and SXSW Eco, an environmental conference; and one in Las Vegas: SXSW V2V, a conference focused on innovative startups. Read more ...   Wikipedia

XSW: Audience Award Winners Announced   Hollywood Reporter - March 15, 2014

SXSW 2014: Willie Nelson drops by to jam on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'   LA Times - March 15, 2014

South by Southwest (SXSW) Live Blog The Final Day   Wired - March 16, 2014

10 things we learned from SXSW 2014   The Guardian - March 16, 2014
1. The debate over online privacy is just getting started
2. Two of this year's best documentaries focus on British musicians
3. The stars of Girls are suffering from Hollywood typecasting
4. Neil Young wants to shake up the digital music world
5. Nasa is crowdsourcing the hunt for hazardous asteroids
6. Big stars (and brands) are now flocking to SXSW
7. Kevin Bacon has come to terms with the Six Degrees game
8. Algorithms may be more powerful than editors in the news world
9. Wearable gadgets are the next big thing in technology
10. Cat videos aren't just popular: they're lucrative too