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Reddit Bigotry, Stalker Economy and Grumpy Cat Dominate SXSW Interactive

Technology giveth and taketh away, that was the essential gist of this year's SXSW Interactive, the premiere intellectual gathering of the world's technological community. One might expect such a conference-slash-festival to merely proselytize about the marvels of modern tech, and that it does, but the dangers don't get a free pass. That became crystal clear on day one when Interactive's first hot-ticket panel was "It's Reddit's Web. We Just Live In It." The message-board website, dubbed "the future of the Internet" and powerful enough to kill the censorious SOPA bill and attract even President Obama to its famed "Ask Me Anything" Q&As, was savaged as a bastion of bigotry, sexism and racism.