SXSW Festival: The Future of Meme Rich Techno Conferences?

March 20, 2022

I read PitchBook’s “SXSW State Is a Collision of Weed, Metaverse, NFTs, Acid and Saving the Planet.” Now that’s insight into the techno hip meme scape. The article states:

the event has secured its place as a vital part of the venture capital ecosystem and its ever-optimistic quest to create the future of everything. And this year’s installment has been no exception, featuring experts delving into some of Silicon Valley’s biggest passion projects, from crypto and climate science to the metaverse and psychedelic drugs. The return of SXSW following a pandemic hiatus also comes at a time when the city of Austin—thanks in part to the festival itself—stars in another drama that hits home for the VC ecosystem: The rise of hot new metropolises winning over tech and other corporate leaders seeking locales that are more accommodating of their business and personal ambitions.

As one observer labels locations like Texas, that’s flyover country, dude.

The highlight of the event, if the information I have is accurate, may have included shootings. “Gunman Opens Fire at SXSW Festival in Austin, 4 Injured: Officials” reports:

A suspected gunman who shot four people Saturday at the South By Southwest festival in Austin is in police custody, officials said Sunday morning. The shooter opened fire at the intersection of East 6th and Neches streets, officials said.

I have attended conferences at which the tchotchkes were substandard. People grumbled but no one demonstrated the response which allegedly took place at the meme fest with NFTs and weed. I prefer more subdued events offered via Zoom. Violent behavior is a click on the “Leave meeting” icon.

Stephen E Arnold, March 20, 2022


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