South By Southwest

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SXSW Transcends Tragedy With Music

SXSW 2014 will forever be marked by tragedy -- the senseless deaths of two festival goers and 23 injured by a drunk driver now facing the death penalty won't soon be forgotten, nor will Tyler the Creator's arrest for inciting a riot. But the silver lining surrounding that dark cloud was that so much astounding music was still there to be found throughout the 28th annual music festival in Austin, Texas.

SXSW Music: Tragic Deaths Darken Day 2

The SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas always teeters on the brink of chaos. A couple hundred thousand drunken revelers to see more than 2,000 musical acts will do that to a downtown. But in 28 years there's been arrests, protests, and even small riots -- but never a tragedy like this. Around 12:30 a.m. a car fleeing a drunk driving checkpoint rounded a corner, smashed through a barricade and plowed into a crowd, sending bodies flying and killing two festival-goers.

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.

Your Start-Up Business: Mixing Up the Business Model

I first saw Robbie Whiting in 2012 at South by Southwest, where he gave a daring presentation on the death of the advertising agency model. At the time, he was Director of Creative Technology at Duncan/Channon, an agency which has applied a unique approach to attracting new business: Making things. He's since launched his own agency: Argonaut.