Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 of type Salon

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • 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

  • Big Business: The Future of Marijuana Journalism

    by William Breathes and Patricia Calhoun

    Gawker says William Breathes, the nation’s first medical marijuana critic, has the “best job in journalism,” which may be why he’s been featured by the New York Times, CNN and The Daily Show. Meet him at our panel about how to cover the medical marijuana industry. Breathes and Patricia Calhoun, editor of the Westword, are based in Denver, Colorado, the Wild West of “MMJ,” where there are more dispensaries than Starbucks'. We'll show you how to report on and earn revenue from the medical marijuana industry in your community in a way that's useful to all involved. We'll share advice about handling MMJ politics, culture and how the multi-million dollar industry sprang up around it. And yes, how to cover pot culture without pandering. MMJ still remains a taboo subject for the old guard of journalism, who at best cover pot with a wink and a nod. And finally, we'll talk about being a pot critic – which may not always be the best job in journalism, but it sure beats writing obits.

    At 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Capital Ballroom B, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

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  • Maintaining Sanity and Profitability in Adult

    by Lynn Raridon, Connor Young, Jay Kopita and Sid Grief

    From modeling to producing and website building to marketing, there are many many ways to make money in adult entertainment... and many many ways to lose your mind. Whether pursuing the industry as a hobby for some extra pocket money on up to dedicating your life to its powerful forces, trappings, and high risk / high reward opportunities, this panel of experts will provide you with a survival guide to keep your bank account, and sanity, in check.

    At 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Capital Ballroom A, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

Monday 12th March 2012

  • En/Forced Femme: Sex Workers and Social Media

    by Kitty Stryker

    Social media has become ubiquitous, with everyone from celebrities to businesses jumping on the chance to communicate with customers directly. It comes as no surprise that sex workers have equally utilized these mediums to market themselves. In the wake of issues like Porn Wikileaks, G+'s nym wars and Twitter's hashtag censorship, sex worker Kitty Stryker will speak on what are the benefits and hurdles of this growing trend in the world of professional sex.

    At 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Capital Ballroom B, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

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  • The Algorithm Method: Love in the Social Media Age

    by Thomas Miller, Andrea Miller, Michael Lazerow, Elizabeth Bernstein and Helen Fisher

    Social media has made finding love easier: reconnecting with your college sweetheart on Facebook, broadcasting emotions on Twitter and maybe even finding your soul mate on a mobile dating app.

    Americans will spend near a billion dollars on online dating in 2011. A 2002 article by Rufus Griscom in Wired stated, "Twenty years from now, the idea that someone looking for love without looking for it online will be silly… Serendipity is the hallmark of inefficient markets, and the marketplace of love, like it or not, is becoming more efficient."

    A survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found that two-thirds of divorce cases have used evidence from Facebook. Dating sites and social media outlets facilitate infidelity and exploitation in a relationship as efficiently as they bring couples together. Plus smart, professional 20-somethings are sexting with abandon. See gaffes by Anthony Weiner, Tiger Woods and et al. Are these technologies a blessing or a burden? Will the personal and professional continue to collide in dramatic ways?

    At 6:30pm to 7:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Capital Ballroom A, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin