Why Everything is Amazing But Nobody is Happy

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Friday 11th March, 2011

3:30pm to 4:30pm (CST)

According to Louis CK: "Everything is amazing and nobody is happy". Are we humans overwhelmed by witnessing Moore’s Law in action? Has Social Media and it’s accessories left us technologically rich but spiritually bankrupt? This panel will explore the effects Social Media is having on us as humans and spiritual creatures in three areas:
-Our Evolution: Humans have spent millions of years hunting and gathering but just the past few pointing, clicking and tweeting. What effect is Social Media having on our development as human beings? Is it ushering us into the next stage of human evolution or is it just making monkeys out of us?

-Our Relationships: Facebook is being cited by divorce lawyers as the next big catalyst for marriage break-ups, but it can also connect us with amazing people we never would have met otherwise. And what about our relationships with ourselves when we can’t even sit quietly alone because we have an iPhone? How can we use these tools to become actual friends and not just Facebook friends?

-Our Spirituality: Social Media can connect us with some truly transcendent moments (Paul Potts singing opera) and these moments can make the human spirit soar. But, in the long run, is it just dumbing us down with instant gratification and vibrating Twitter notifications?

This panel will explore how we can use our embarrassment of technological riches to become better and more content people.

LEVEL: Beginner

About the speakers

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Zachary Burt

gentle giant, mathlete & athlete. http://www.compassionpit.org bio from Twitter

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Daniel Hope

It's okay to feel it all. bio from Twitter

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Fri 11th March 2011


Room 5ABC, Austin Convention Center

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