Good morning, Austin. It’s the first post-South by Southwest workday for 2017, so we hope all of you enjoyed the 10-day conference and all of its tech, music, movies and pop-culture pieces.
As we ease back into normalcy, here’s a look at what some members of the national media had to say about SXSW 2017 -- specifically, the interactive and technology aspects of the conference -- and of course what they had to say about our fair city:
Ars Technica says: “30 years in, South by Southwest still keeps it weird and wonderful.” This one doesn’t break much new ground, but is quite complimentary of both the event and the city that hosts it.
Over at Wired, there is what seems to be intended as a deep-thought piece titled: "At SXSW, tech reckons with the problems it helped create."
The piece includes this bit of insight: "But this year, the conference itself feels a lot like a hangover. It’s as if the coastal elites who attend each year finally woke up with a serious case of the Sunday scaries, realizing that the many apps, platforms, and doodads SXSW has launched and glorified over the years haven’t really made the world a better place. In fact, they’ve often come with wildly destructive and dangerous side effects. Sure, it all seemed like a good idea in 2013! But now the party’s over. It’s time for the regret-filled cleanup."
Yeah, we don't know what they are trying to say, either. But feel free to read the whole thing and decide for yourself.
The New York Times weighed in on the ride-hailing and transportation situation in Austin during SXSW with a piece titled “Riding with the underdogs: Apps fill a void left by Uber and Lyft.” The first-person piece by Brian X. Chen concludes that the ride-hailing woes expected in Austin without Uber and Lyft were largely exaggerated, and that Austin’s ride-hailing options are generally OK. A Huffington Post writer reported similar positive experiences.
Buzzfeed, however, saw things totally differently, proclaiming that "Austin’s Uber replacements flunked an important test during SXSW."
So, as with most things, opinions did vary.
Of course, the Times, Buzzfeed and others could have simply read 512tech’s coverage of the ride-hailing situation in Austin, since we already reported:
But hey, folks from out of town have to do their own thing. We understand.
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