Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Relationships

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Friday 9th March 2012

  • Sex on the Web – The Sabotage of Relationships?

    by Julie Gillis, Sadie Smythe, Rosie Q and Mia Martina

    People want to confess who they are to someone, anyone. And they want to discover who they are through that dialogue. Bonding occurs through disclosure and empathetic acceptance of that disclosure, as a result of confession. It is the basic transaction of relationships. The producers of the Austin-based performance series BedPost Confessions will discuss ways in which sexual content on the Internet helps facilitate the forming of new relationships, assists in transforming relationships, and explore how accessibility to such content might also sabotage them. We will examine the following questions and will also open the session for questions at the end.

    Issues addressed in this session will include:

    -- Has the Internet helped us become more sexually open or just lonelier?
    -- How is the flow of sexually explicit images and conversation impacting the way we define commitment in a modern relationship?
    -- Does online sexual correspondence via sexting, Facebook, Twitter etc. sabotage relationships or help them?

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Driskill Ballroom, Driskill Hotel

Saturday 10th March 2012

  • #SXsingle Meet Up

    by Kathryn Irwin

    #SXsingle, it's not just a hashtag, it's a lifestyle.

    Over the years, the term "what happens at South By, stays at South By" has become part of the vernacular for veteran attendees. In some instances, this means exactly as it sounds. However, many matches have been made at SXSW, including marriages, babies, long term relationships, and of course numerous hook ups.

    Come join other #SXsingle(s) or those who once were and want to relive their glory days at SXSW! We'll trade stories, laughs and maybe even some digits!

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Red River, Palm Park

  • Sex Nets: Pickup Artists vs. Feminists

    by Adam Lyons, Amanda Marcotte, Kristin Cerda, Clarisse Thorn and Charlie Nox

    Are sex-positive feminism and pickup artistry inherently opposed? Are they possibly dependent on each other? In recent years, the popularity of the pickup artist movement has placed the subject in popular cultural locations such as MTV and Oprah. The internet is ever birthing new discussions on all sides of the debate, and the realities of social media and geolocation technologies makes finding and building niche communities easier than ever. Are these methods helping average guys score, or is it an avenue to breed sexual predators? For or against, people from many backgrounds are weighing in on a discussion that is rooted in the most basic mediums of the web. Join a panel of men and women ranging from seasoned pick-up artists, to outspoken feminist bloggers, to those who straddle the line. No longer talking at each other, these experts in their fields will debate with each other the realities of the new sex rules, and what these rules mean in the context of a mediated life.

    At 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Capital Ballroom B, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Friending Pharma: Patients, Industry & New Media

    by Michele Polz, Alicia Staley, Brian Reid, Allison Blass and Kerri Sparling

    As more and more patients begin using social media as an information source and a support network, it's inevitable that they'll begin to interact with representatives of pharmaceutical companies looking to use new technologies to inform and educate. While consumer-industry interactions are not new -- Comcast crawls Twitter for those in need of tech support, and Gatorade sends electronic high-fives to high school athletes -- links between drug companies and those they serve are more fraught, with some patients celebrating dialogue and others warning that such relationships are intrinsically inappropriate. This panel -- including patients, advocates and industry -- will explore the ground rules of "friending" big pharma and the ground rules that biopharma firms must play by to ensure patients aren't taken advantage of.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Sunday 11th March

    In Classroom 204, AT&T Conference Center

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  • Meg Hirshberg Book Signing

    Meg Hirshberg signs her book ‘For Better or For Work: A Survival Guide for Entrepreneurs and Their Families’ at the SXSW bookstore.

    At 5:00pm to 5:15pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Ballroom G Foyer, Austin Convention Center

Monday 12th March 2012