After introducing Bruce I dove into Twitter and live tweeted his talk. People told me afterward that they thought it was too cheerful – see what you think from these short bursts (I was typing faster than I could think.) Comments encouraged.
I live-tweeted Bruce Sterling’s talk at SXSW Interactive. Here are the tweets… in reverse chronological order, so read ’em backwards.
- “Women of Italy, cast away all the cowards from your embraces.” SXSW looks like a new world because it’s got women in it.
- Closing with a Garibaldi quote. “I offer only hunger, thirst, forced marches, battle, and death.” And people went for that.
- This is an era of organized deception! Days of rage, baby. Be realistic, demand the impossible.
- “Move to Austin, take over the town!”
- You need to take power, millenials. I’ll vote for ya! You need a global youth movement.
- Boomers, shut up! What you should study now is collaborative consumption, technomadism.
- Young people are the victims of a decaying status qo.
- They pretend to govern, we pretend to obey.
- Who would save us from the BP? We’re incapable of rapid deciseve action, and the world demands that sometimes.
- What worries me is the response to things that take courage and virtuosity and passion to work out, like disaster response.
- Obese people in the US: “Imagine if the Statue of Liberty looked like that.” It brings out one’s inner Bill Hicks.
- Catholic Church borgia-like devil’s bargain with Berlusconi to get the legislation they want.
- Republicans: “a joke to anyone outside the range of Fox News.”
- People don’t want to throw Berlusconi out, because they fear some kind of economic upheaval.
- Talking about Berlusconi – he’s a head of state behaving like Hugh Hefner. This is a big deal in Italy.
- ExxonMobil are not the only political malefactors, they’re just the best connected.
- ExxonMobil is the personification of corporate evil. (applause)
- You cn do whatever you want to a microbe and no hippie will show up with a protest sign. Microbes are not in the Bible.
- Beautiful social network for synthetic biology: http://bit.ly/ei4Wja (expand)
- Craig Ventner was at SXSW because he’s trying to reframe 20c genetic engineeering as 21stc synthetic biology.
- In our society, we don’t have any passionate virtuosity.Our political situation is the opposite,disgusted incompetence.
- We’ve got a series of problems that are poorly recognized.
- Passionate virtuosity…. the ideas in Worldchanging 2.0 are passionate but lack virtuosity.
- Bruce Sterling shows Worldchanging 2.0 (the book) at sxsw.
- As a design critic, I criticize stuff that doesn’t exist yet.
- Polarizing brand management. Culture wars. Politics from POV of a design critic.
- All the political language has been rendered toxic.
- “There are people here who are younger than the event.”
- At Southby, science fiction authors talk like they know what’s going on.
The energy at SXSW is powerful and chaotic, make that chaordic (chaotically orderly). As ever, I have too much going on, missing a lot of talks I want to see but picking up random bits via Twitter, blogs, etc. Discussed with Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky this morning the impact of drive-by information giving/taking – the advantages are not available to everybody, you have to be something of a mutant to handle the massive random information streaming enabled by evolving hyperconversational technologies. (For some, fracknologies… how the frack do I manage this deluge?)
From the sessions I’ve managed to attend so far, I have a pile of ambitious notes and ideas that I want to weave into some kind of coherent account this week, but that will take some time. Meanwhile taking it all in, and spending much of today setting up for the massive Plutopia 2010 extravaganza tonight (join us!)
I have notes on Doug Rushkoff’s SXSW talk, which I found compelling and will post about at length when there’s more time. Here’s a video slice of the talk that I found on YouTube:
When “The Hurt Locker” screened at SXSW, I thought it was one of the better films I’d seen in years, and Jeremy Renner established himself as a world-class – not just actior but presence. While Katherine Bigelow has always been a sklled action director, she’s never quite had story and actors equal to her ability. In “The Hurt Locker” she shows the other side of post-traumatic stress. Renner plays a detonation pro who embraces, is almost addicted to, the stresses of modern war experienced through his job, one of the most dangerous in today’s field of battle, defusing bombs planted in and around the streets of the city. Even inside the citizens, as we see in one literally gut-wrenching scene. Put this film at the top of your list – one of the year’s best.