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Random SXSW Thoughts

» I remember when SXSW was not all about weblogs. Of course, back then, it was all about plugging your company. But at least, back then, when you saw people typing into laptops in the audience, you didn’t suspect they were chatting with each other.

» Everything that can be said about weblogs has already been said. Over and over and over. And still we don’t know anything. One thing is clear: We need a larger set of descriptive terms to talk about what we’re doing: Journalistic blogs, personal homepages, event calendars….

» WiFi really does change everything. Being able to select a node and instantly be online from the conference room, hallway, and bathroom is amazing. And, yes, I really did see someone walking out of the men’s room with an open laptop.

» Know that old metaphor? “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Well, when you’re a blogger, everything looks like a blog. Unfortunately, not everything is.

» Good Lord am I tired of talking about weblogs.

» Historical note: I was the first person to ever hold a panel on weblogs at SXSW. Hell, I’m the one who told Hugh to cover this stuff. That was back in 2000, when Ben Brown delivered a passionate speech against them. So, basically, this is partially my fault. Sorry.

» What I love about SXSW: They sell beer in the corridors and cigarettes on the balconies. Texas understands vice.

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