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Month: April 2013

What a week….


What a week.  Monday started with news of the attack during the Boston Marathon.  Then on Wednesday – the earth literally shook again with a fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.   By the weekend, the people responsible for the bombings in Boston were off the streets and the flames in West had subsided.   Two things stand out in retrospect.

The human spirit is amazingly resilient.  It’s almost cliche to talk about brave citizens and first responders running directly into danger, but it never becomes less amazing to watch.   In the Boston videos – you can clearly see streams of people running toward the explosion – even as another was going off behind them and the area was anything but safe.  The need to help their fellow mankind – often complete strangers – outweighed their own safety.  Similarly, many of the casualties in West were those first responders who regularly put themselves at risk to make their neighbors safer.

Social media is overtaking the mainstream news in both speed and accuracy.  The speed may not be surprising, but the accuracy is more interesting.  In both instances – news was happening rapidly and the national outlets got as much wrong as they did right.  Social media is not error free for sure, but the “crowdsourcing” aspect serves as a cadre of editors and fact checkers – in most cases quickly able to separate fact from rumor.  We are also conditioned to take a skeptical approach to social media and often monitor multiple sources simultaneously to make our own decisions.  The democratization of information is in full effect.

So for next week – I’m hoping Twitter is full of nothing but pictures of kittens and sushi, but I’ll be glad to know there are a few million reporters and heroes out there ready to swing into action when we need them again.

SXSW 2013

A bit delayed, but a look at my SXSW 2013.  If memory serves, last year was the first year with an expanded Tuesday schedule and it wasn’t a great start for me.  This year, Tuesday ended up being perhaps the highlight night of the whole week.   As always, lots of up and coming names were pleasantly surprising.  For the big names, Green Day and Vampire Weekend did not disappoint and I was glad to see both.


Tuesday – MTV/VH1/CMT – Live in Austin:  Ashley Monroe, Elle King, ZZ Ward, Youngblood Hawke.

Wednesday – Kitten (The Belmont), Ra Ra Riot, Atlas Genius (Haven)

Thursday Day – Fader Fort – Chvrches, IAMSU!, Swim Deep, Katie Got Bandz

Thursday Night – Air Dubai (Maggie Mae’s), Nikki Yanofsky (Quincy Jones Presents @ Esther’s Follies, Robert DeLong, Capital Cities (Empire Automotive)

Friday Day – Spin House, Rolling Stone Day Party – Eric Burdon

Friday Night – Stickup Kids, Green Day (ACL@Moody), Ginger Man

Saturday Day – Rooftop on Sixth, Sony City (Hanger) – Kat Dahlia

Saturday Night – Wheeler Brothers (ACL@Moody), Charli XCX, Capital Cities (Austin Music Hall), Red Baraat, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Ozomatli (Stage on Sixth), Haim, Vampire Weekend (Stubb’s)

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