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(The New Republic)   Thanks to Twitter and corporate branding, SXSW has become annual get-together of America's most contemptible tech world douchebag supremos, "an annual Woodstock for earnest twenty- and thirtysomethings who find it natural to expense their good times"   (newrepublic.com) divider line 36
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2013-05-02 09:28:01 AM  
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2013-05-02 10:03:23 AM  
Good Times?
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2013-05-02 10:04:10 AM  
SXSW should move to Houston. The douchebags and asshats that attend it would fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston.
 
2013-05-02 10:14:19 AM  

Caelistis: SXSW should move to Houston. The douchebags and asshats that attend it would fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston.


I would pay real money to get all these farkers out of Austin and off to anywhere else.
 
2013-05-02 10:23:47 AM  

Caelistis: SXSW should move to Houston. The douchebags and asshats that attend it would fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston.


It takes an hour to get anywhere inside the beltway during the day.  You don't think they already drive the measly 2 1/2 hours it takes to get up there during that thing?
 
2013-05-02 10:30:52 AM  
 THANK YOU...Finally someone points out that SXSW is just a pretentious douche fest.It's a place
where beer snobs, "bands you probably haven't heard of" and wanna be film/documentary makers
can get together and fart sniff themselves silly for a week or so while working on their next great
novel/screenplay on their Macbooks amongst the hoi polloi that arn't in L.A. or New York.
 
2013-05-02 10:35:31 AM  
Well I had been curious to go, but that article at least paints a picture that's not quite my scene. I work for a just-coming-out-of-startup-phase small business and my boss drags me to enough networking BS through that, everyone seems so fake at the Chicago events like this. Smile and shake your hand as an excuse to get you to listen to their spiel. Typically not very compelling. And yeah, a whole lot of people who are a bit too full of themselves a bit prematurely.
 
2013-05-02 10:39:50 AM  
It's not just SXSW.  There's festivals popping up all over the place in that same time frame, despite SXSW's efforts to block them.

Give the side stuff a try; there's something for everyone.
 
2013-05-02 10:41:39 AM  
That sounds either awful or awesome but it's probably both at the same time.
 
2013-05-02 10:49:25 AM  

Mr. Shabooboo: THANK YOU...Finally someone points out that SXSW is just a pretentious douche fest.It's a place
where beer snobs, "bands you probably haven't heard of" and wanna be film/documentary makers
can get together and fart sniff themselves silly for a week or so while working on their next great
novel/screenplay on their Macbooks amongst the hoi polloi that arn't in L.A. or New York.


with that being said, it has been a great place to see new and emerging bands, and even some old faves.
 
2013-05-02 11:14:06 AM  

Caelistis: SXSW is perfectly at home in Austin. The douchebags and asshats that attend it fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Austin.


FTFYFF
 
2013-05-02 11:33:10 AM  
As an Austinite, I totally agree with this article.   Started out as a great idea in the late 80s.   Austin had a great music scene, but bands weren't getting much exposure or signed to labels because Austin was so out of the way from the big labels NYC/LA.     It's slowly devolved into an unholy alliance of blogsophere "tastemakers", corporate marketers selling their new beer, useless phone app or car to the 18-34 demo and bullshiat artist bourgeois scenesters who live off of mommy and daddy have have nothing else to do with their free time than to head to Austin to perpetually stand in line for a random week in March.
 
2013-05-02 11:35:50 AM  

soakitincider: Mr. Shabooboo: THANK YOU...Finally someone points out that SXSW is just a pretentious douche fest.It's a place
where beer snobs, "bands you probably haven't heard of" and wanna be film/documentary makers
can get together and fart sniff themselves silly for a week or so while working on their next great
novel/screenplay on their Macbooks amongst the hoi polloi that arn't in L.A. or New York.

with that being said, it has been a great place to see new and emerging bands, and even some old faves.


Yes, I believe these unknown guys called Justin Timberlake and Jay Z created quite a buzz year.    The year before it was this unknown guy from Jersey named Springsteen something or other.
 
2013-05-02 11:35:58 AM  

orclover: I would pay real money to get all these farkers out of Austin and off to anywhere else.


Absolutely agree. They turn an otherwise nice place to be into a supershiatstorm of suck.

UberDave: It takes an hour to get anywhere inside the beltway during the day.  You don't think they already drive the measly 2 1/2 hours it takes to get up there during that thing?


Fark 'em. It's punishment for being a douchbag and/or asshat.

jaybeezey: SXSW would be perfectly at home in Houstion. The douchebags and asshats that attend it fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston. Asshats and douchebags who have a propensity to become ragingly butthurt over being the only city that no one else in Texas wants.


FTFYDB.
 
2013-05-02 11:40:42 AM  

InmanRoshi: soakitincider: Mr. Shabooboo: THANK YOU...Finally someone points out that SXSW is just a pretentious douche fest.It's a place
where beer snobs, "bands you probably haven't heard of" and wanna be film/documentary makers
can get together and fart sniff themselves silly for a week or so while working on their next great
novel/screenplay on their Macbooks amongst the hoi polloi that arn't in L.A. or New York.

with that being said, it has been a great place to see new and emerging bands, and even some old faves.

Yes, I believe these unknown guys called Justin Timberlake and Jay Z created quite a buzz year.    The year before it was this unknown guy from Jersey named Springsteen something or other.


lrn2read
 
2013-05-02 11:40:43 AM  

orclover: Caelistis: SXSW should move to Houston. The douchebags and asshats that attend it would fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston.

I would pay real money to get all these farkers out of Austin and off to anywhere else.


Ah ha ha, the don't move here crowd. God I love you farkers. You're like the retirement communities in college towns. "Why are all these PEOPLE here?! Ugh it's the worst"
 
2013-05-02 11:45:20 AM  
Glad to see my opinion-from-a-distance seems to be pretty accurate.  SXSW sounded like a good idea for bands a few years back, but the niche-marketing thing it devolved into strikes me as ultimately imploding.
 
2013-05-02 11:45:27 AM  

InmanRoshi: soakitincider: Mr. Shabooboo: THANK YOU...Finally someone points out that SXSW is just a pretentious douche fest.It's a place
where beer snobs, "bands you probably haven't heard of" and wanna be film/documentary makers
can get together and fart sniff themselves silly for a week or so while working on their next great
novel/screenplay on their Macbooks amongst the hoi polloi that arn't in L.A. or New York.

with that being said, it has been a great place to see new and emerging bands, and even some old faves.

Yes, I believe these unknown guys called Justin Timberlake and Jay Z created quite a buzz year.    The year before it was this unknown guy from Jersey named Springsteen something or other.


back in the early days of sxsw i got to see fu manchu and queens of the stone age play; next year got to see high on fire and mondo generator. Good times.
 
2013-05-02 12:01:42 PM  

moothemagiccow: orclover: Caelistis: SXSW should move to Houston. The douchebags and asshats that attend it would fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston.

I would pay real money to get all these farkers out of Austin and off to anywhere else.

Ah ha ha, the don't move here crowd. God I love you farkers. You're like the retirement communities in college towns. "Why are all these PEOPLE here?! Ugh it's the worst"


THIS.  As long as they "become Austinites" and don't try to turn Austin into something else, I'm all for it.

The bigger threat is City Council IMHO.  Their city planning is atrocious.
 
2013-05-02 12:12:31 PM  

Caelistis: orclover: I would pay real money to get all these farkers out of Austin and off to anywhere else.

Absolutely agree. They turn an otherwise nice place to be into a supershiatstorm of suck.

UberDave: It takes an hour to get anywhere inside the beltway during the day.  You don't think they already drive the measly 2 1/2 hours it takes to get up there during that thing?

Fark 'em. It's punishment for being a douchbag and/or asshat.

jaybeezey: SXSW would be perfectly at home in Houstion. The douchebags and asshats that attend it fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston. Asshats and douchebags who have a propensity to become ragingly butthurt over being the only city that no one else in Texas wants.

FTFYDB.


You're an angry little fella, aren't you.
 
2013-05-02 12:33:13 PM  
I know it is, but I still really want to go.  It's the debutante ball of the IT/web world and I really want to go and rub elbows with the taste-makers.

BUT FARK THAT $1800 price tag to get into all events, for the IT/web events only it was something like $800.

How in the HELL is someone like me, whose interested in starting their own business, is going to save up enough cash and get some exposure?

/Yes, I am cash strapped and butthurt
//Are the hipster blogger's parents paying for the trip?
 
2013-05-02 12:42:09 PM  

elchupacabra: moothemagiccow: orclover: Caelistis: SXSW should move to Houston. The douchebags and asshats that attend it would fit in perfectly with the asshats and douchebags in Houston.

I would pay real money to get all these farkers out of Austin and off to anywhere else.

Ah ha ha, the don't move here crowd. God I love you farkers. You're like the retirement communities in college towns. "Why are all these PEOPLE here?! Ugh it's the worst"

THIS.  As long as they "become Austinites" and don't try to turn Austin into something else, I'm all for it.

The bigger threat is City Council IMHO.  Their city planning is atrocious.


At least there are fertilizer plants downtown.
 
2013-05-02 12:53:10 PM  
Meanwhile, we're whining because 4,700 lawyers dropped 3.1 million bucks on a cruise ship to have a friggin' meeting...
 
2013-05-02 12:56:22 PM  

shortymac:
//Are the hipster blogger's parents paying for the trip?


In startup culture, you never pay with your own money. That's what the founders' money is for!
 
2013-05-02 01:34:19 PM  
stop liking things i don't like or understand!!!!111
 
2013-05-02 01:44:33 PM  

FormlessOne: Meanwhile, we're whining because 4,700 lawyers dropped 3.1 million bucks on a cruise ship to have a friggin' meeting...


Damn Somali Pirates. Never around when you need them.
 
2013-05-02 01:59:13 PM  
Phrases such as, ""She's posse." when used in article are clear indicators I should stop reading; that this article, and all that it contains, are not intended for me. I don't even understand "expense their good imes". Such phrases leave me feeling as if I exist in an entirely different world. I don't know how those worlds compare but...
 
2013-05-02 02:45:23 PM  

FormlessOne: Meanwhile, we're whining because 4,700 lawyers dropped 3.1 million bucks on a cruise ship to have a friggin' meeting...


That's $660 a head.  Not a lot of money for a good vacation.
 
2013-05-02 02:47:53 PM  
If SXSW isn't filled with enough pretentious tech douchebags, you can always try Le Web.
 
2013-05-02 04:16:44 PM  
The saddest thing about this, is that while sxsw used to be a music conference that gave up and coming bands a chance at expanding their audience and perhaps even get an indie-label deal, in a time when it might have mattered, sxsw now exploits the naivete of wannabe bands and they wind up as the underpaid entertainment for these upper-class tech motherfarkers.

Smart though, noone who matters gives a fark about music anymore.  All the cool kids aspire to be app developers.
 
2013-05-02 07:23:19 PM  

Twilight Farkle: shortymac:
//Are the hipster blogger's parents paying for the trip?

In startup culture, you never pay with your own money. That's what the founders' money is for!


But where does founder money come from???
 
2013-05-02 09:24:30 PM  

MrEricSir: If SXSW isn't filled with enough pretentious tech douchebags, you can always try Le Web.


The amusing part is half of those dbags couldn't program their DVR. They're just slick talking posers who leech off of legitimately smart people.
 
2013-05-02 09:27:42 PM  

Twilight Farkle: shortymac:
//Are the hipster blogger's parents paying for the trip?

In startup culture, you never pay with your own money. That's what the founders' money is for!


The ones you know are actually confident in their companies are the ones who bootstrap (fund with their own money). If they don't have the balls to at least contribute some skin in the game, odds are their tech is garbage.
 
2013-05-02 09:58:10 PM  

elchupacabra: HIS.  As long as they "become Austinites" and don't try to turn Austin into something else, I'm all for it.


Too late, way too late.
 
2013-05-02 10:45:46 PM  

shortymac: Twilight Farkle: shortymac:
//Are the hipster blogger's parents paying for the trip?

In startup culture, you never pay with your own money. That's what the founders' money is for!

But where does founder money come from???


"Why, the sort of people you meet at SXSW, of course!" (Catch-22: it's still the best catch there is.)

Probably the best way to bootstrap a small idea would be to start at a local hackerspace/makerspace, and then either turn that directly into a Kickstarter-worthy idea, or use the contacts you make in the local scene to come up with your own funding. If the goal is to get invited to the Right Sorts of Parties that lead to serious funding, there's still a lot of douchetastic schmoozing social climbing involved, and that's on top of the 80-hour work weeks. If the goal is to produce something neat for a few thousand bucks (and which might, if you're lucky, make a few thousand bucks in profit and in so doing pay for a future nerd vacation), the barriers to entry are much lower than they used to be.
 
2013-05-03 06:39:49 AM  
I thought SXSW was a film and music festival? If it's all about tech, I'm not going. I work with nerds every day (my building has Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, InfoTech, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and half the upper level Math classes taught in it), why would I want to see those same people at a conference?
 
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