Dan Rather and Will Wright keynoted last week’s SXSW interactive event. San Francisco’s Chronicle Dan Fost, who I hung with a bit, did a great follow up piece on the two media worlds colliding at SXSW this year. Dan, another mutual editor friend and I all wondered where the ‘traditional media’ were? There were so few of them in attendance.
The Boston Globe also ran an interesting piece that largely focused on the Music side of SXSW rather than iinteractive of film.
Bruce Sterling did another poetry reading at the tail end of Tuesday, the last day of Interactive. This year, it was a quarter of the length and a quarter of the amount of emotion as last year’s Carl Sandberg reading: video here.
I also talked about digital cameras with Joi Ito who showed up with his Leica (the next best thing) and hung out with a mash-up of musicians and interactive folks who were trying to figure out all they needed to know in the digital music arena in a session that housed mostly creators. In other words, one lawyer to several hundred people.
SXSW is clearly an event that celebrates the independent creator, producer, musician, artist, designer. I met these guys en route to see former WHO’s Peter Townshend, on the opening night of SXSW Music. This is a visual reminder of how wildly different fashion is between the interactive and music worlds.
Peter has heart and energy and charisma and hell, the man even has a blog.
Renee Blodgett is the founder of We Blog the World. The site combines the magic of an online culture and travel magazine with a global blog network and has contributors from every continent in the world. Having lived in 10 countries and explored nearly 80, she is an avid traveler, and a lover, observer and participant in cultural diversity.
She is also the CEO and founder of Magic Sauce Media, a new media services consultancy focused on viral marketing, social media, branding, events and PR. For over 20 years, she has helped companies from 12 countries get traction in the market. Known for her global and organic approach to product and corporate launches, Renee practices what she pitches and as an active user of social media, she helps clients navigate digital waters from around the world. Renee has been blogging for over 16 years and regularly writes on her personal blog Down the Avenue, Huffington Post, BlogHer, We Blog the World and other sites. She was ranked #12 Social Media Influencer by Forbes Magazine and is listed as a new media influencer and game changer on various sites and books on the new media revolution. In 2013, she was listed as the 6th most influential woman in social media by Forbes Magazine on a Top 20 List.
Her passion for art, storytelling and photography led to the launch of Magic Sauce Photography, which is a visual extension of her writing, the result of which has led to producing six photo books: Galapagos Islands, London, South Africa, Rome, Urbanization and Ecuador.
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