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The most cringeworthy quotes from SXSW Interactive so far

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While plenty of people are at Austin's South by Southwest festival right now just to see films and live music, some 30,000 arrived with an eye toward what's called SXSW Interactive. For the uninitiated, those are the panels and speeches in which horrible developments in technology and Web culture are discussed using maximum jargon.

Would we expect any less from a “unique mix of uber-creative professionals”? I think not. But much of what we’re hearing out of this conference is sad, scary, and a bit insane out of context. The Social Business Shake-Up and opening keynote address from writer/artist Austin Kleon accounted for some of the wackiest quotes, though there was no shortage of fawning hyperbole, tortured analogies, vast generalizations, or rash predictions. The future is here! 

With all this cultlike enthusiasm and the general lack of self-awareness, we’re glad to see not everyone was in high spirits:

If Grumpy Cat didn’t have a reason to be ticked off before, she certainly does now.

Photo by Peter Tsai/Flickr


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