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SXSW begins: Say farewell to Interactive, Film, Music

RIP SXSW Interactive? In an opening presentation on Friday, South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest intimated that 2017 might be the last year that we see clear distinctions between the long-running SXSW Interactive, Film and Music...

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Dear SXSW speaker: No, you’re not a keynote

This may come across as petty, and that’s all right. I will take the petty bullet on this one. Apparently, there are people speaking at South by Southwest this year who are under the mistaken impression that they are giving a keynote talk. I know...

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Statesman Shots #142: Our Super SXSW 2017 Preview Special!

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Do you see yourself in this SXSW infographic?

Who actually goes to South by Southwest and how is the makeup of those attendees changing? That’s something we observers ask ourselves every year with imprecise measurements: Do torn jeans and leather jackets signify an incoming flock of SXSW Music...

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Jake Tapper loses Joint Chiefs of Staff general, gains Wonkette’s Ana Marie Cox for Friday SXSW talk

General Paul J. Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who had some of the most-anticipated hair of a South by Southwest speaker this year, will no longer be attending due to “Scheduling conflicts,” SXSW said on Wednesday. The contagious...

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Your South by Southwest survival guide

Each March, the city of Austin grows just a bit more crowded during the South by Southwest Conference and Festivals. Whether it’s first-timers navigating through crowds of fellow attendees or Austinites embracing hometown perks, the 10-day event can...

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Where to go with no badge or cash at South by Southwest 2017

For those who remain badgeless for SXSW, the conference does offer some free events via a guest pass you can order online at guestpass.sxsw.com. The pass allows access to SXSW Create from March 10-12, an event geared toward DIY enthusiasts and artists...

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‘Lego Worlds’ and ‘Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands’ out this week

New video games out this week: “Lego Worlds.” Lego’s delayed, late-to-the-game take on “Minecraft” is an open-world building game made up entirely of digital bricks. Helicopters, dragons and gorillas are part of the mix, but don’t expect a pop-culture...

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Political talk and top speakers: Will Trump dominate SXSW 2017 without even showing up?

It would be difficult for South by Southwest Interactive to top last year’s opening keynote speaker: President Barack Obama, who was interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith.  (Though Joe Biden, announced on Monday as a March 12 speaker, is a pretty...

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Get your memes ready: Joe Biden will speak at SXSW

For the second year in a row, South by Southwest has landed a major political speaker and announced it shortly before the conference. Last year, it was then-President Barack Obama as a SXSW Interactive keynote. This year, Former Vice President Joe...

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