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  • “But Is It Art?”: The Aesthetics of Social Culture

    by Tim Sheridan, Jeffrey Schnapp and Dana Vachon

    Media theorist Marshall McLuhan famously envisioned a cultural “global village,” a collective identity shaped by the media we share. To a remarkable extent he foresaw how social media would change the game of culture, putting the power of creation in more hands than ever before, and this change in itself would be the new culture. Now that that future has arrived, have the inherent limitations and transitory nature of YouTube videos and Facebook postings made the new aesthetic canvas so small that no great work could emerge – like a (Rebecca) Black hole collapsing in on itself? While McLuhan insisted that the value of the content itself wasn’t as important as the channel that served it, in a quick-hit landscape where the memes of “Charlie Bit My Finger” and “Friday” are major touchstones, it’s fair to ask whether the changes in media have raised mediocrity and banality to an art form. So is the new social culture a vital democracy or decomposing exquisite corpse?

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday 12th March

    In Lone Star, Omni Downtown

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  • Kill the Company

    by Lisa Bodell

    According to IBM’s 2010 CEO Survey, the pace of change is accelerating and next-generation businesses must thoughtfully build and sustain the right corporate culture to remain relevant through turbulent times. Too often, our natural response to this accelerating pace of change is to try our hardest to dictate permanence. In doing so, we install risk-mitigating processes that trump culture. In fact, the very mechanisms we put in place to promote productivity are robbing us of the ability and time to be creative and add value.

    This experiential case study session is a call to arms: to hit the reset button on how we think and work. Instead of creating more one-size-fits-all change initiatives forced upon employees, you will learn how to change everyday things in small ways to create big ripple effects throughout your organization to reignite critical aptitudes like inquiry, curiosity, and innovation. Learn how a large financial services organization created a new breed of employee that helped to reset the corporate culture, not from the top down or bottom up, but from the middle out. Take away tangible and actionable steps to shake up your organization’s standard practices, from unproductive meetings to go-nowhere strategic planning, resulting in big change and a powerful boost to innovation. Find the little-bigs that will reinvent your organization—and awaken your ability to think, and ultimately, to take control of the future.

    At 12:30pm to 12:50pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom G, Austin Convention Center

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  • Sex in the Digital Age

    by Lux Alptraum, Lena Chen, Mike Dacks and Maureen O'Connor

    As the Internet has become an increasingly integral part of our daily lives, it's transformed virtually everything about how we live--from how we communicate with friends and family, how we get our jobs done, and, yes, how we flirt, find lovers, and explore our sexuality. In many ways, this evolution has been a positive one, bringing us amazing new ways to connect with the rest of the world, but it's also had some unforeseen consequences. Just over a decade ago, when the country was reeling from the aftermath of the Lewinsky scandal, who could have imagined that one day a congressman would be forced to resign from his post after a scandal that involved no sex, no illicit meetings--in fact, nothing more than some online flirting and a few ill advised sexts?

    Sex in the Digital Age examines how the Internet has transformed our relationship to sexuality: what it's given us, what it's taken away, and how it's transformed our ideas and expectations about how our friends, lovers, and public figures can--and should--behave.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Driskill Ballroom, Driskill Hotel

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