Misuse the Internet and Make People Love You

A session at SXSW Interactive 2012

Tuesday 13th March, 2012

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

Online culture, unlike any other medium, was mostly created by people dicking around. Fake Twitter accounts, single-topic blogs, microsites, image macros, even 4chan trolls are building a rich, constantly evolving creative tradition by subverting tools meant for more serious purposes.

Learn about the often-inscrutable online creative process from internet around-dickers and the people who study them. Learn how to do this stuff yourself, for fun, for money or to improve the world (with fun and money).

About the speakers

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Katie Notopoulos

Senior Editor, BuzzFeed

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Nick Douglas

Editor, Slacktory

Nick Douglas edits Slacktory, a comedy blog, for My Damn Channel. He's the editor of the book Twitter Wit, the former editor of Valleywag and Urlesque, and he's been published in Wired, Slate and Esquire.com.

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Jon Hendren

Writer / Professional Cyberbully, Something Awful

my name is jon hendren. i am on twitter. my name there is @fart. i write stupid stuff for something awful sometimes. i live and work in the san francisco bay area. i usually work at startups as a writer or community guy. i have a car and a computer and i like dogs and bugs and plants.

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Christopher Price

topherchris, Tumblr

Better known on the internet as topherchris, I watch and participate in amazing things constantly happening in the Tumblr community. I'm a big fan of creative expression in all forms, but especially as internet hijinks and green bean casserole recipes.

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Cole Stryker

Author, "Epic Win for Anonymous"

I write. Mostly about the Web. I also help agencies and brands make their stuff go viral through content strategy and copywriting. In 2011 I wrote two books. The first is about the hacktivist group Anonymous and the memetic culture from which it spawned. The second presents a broader history of anonymity as a social construct. It will focus on how "identity brokers" like Facebook and Google try to control and monetize your identity, and how technology like Tor, Bitcoin and Freenet empowers anons to rage against these systems of control. Scheduled for a fall 2012 release.


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10 attendees

  • Cole Stryker
  • jon hendren
  • Gautam Ramdurai
  • James Slezak
  • Lindsey Weber
  • Seth Miller
  • Ryan Boyles
  • Tom Nagle
  • Nick Douglas
  • Christopher Price

11 trackers

  • Beau
  • David Benardo
  • Brian Duggan
  • liz teschler
  • Stephen R. Fox
  • Isamar Molina
  • Lauren Siegel
  • ray
  • Play My Survey
  • Ryan Berg
  • Max Gemeinhardt

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Time 3:30pm4:30pm CST

Date Tue 13th March 2012

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