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Jim Hightower speaks at the Million Musicians March for Peace. Peace and harmony was the message during a march from the Capitol to 6th street on Saturday. It was part of the annual Million Musicians March for Peace. Occupy Austin protesters and musicians teamed up to spread the word about peace. The Million Musician March for Peace started 7 years ago after the War in Iraq. Protesters want to stop the war and bring all the soldiers back home because of the thousands of lives lost and financial cost. With SXSW in town, protesters are taking the opportunity to spread their message to visitors from around the world. Protesters rallied at the Capitol and listened to music. Then they marched to city hall for a concert that wraps up around 6:30 Saturday night. Filmed for Austin Indymedia by Grace Alfar. Produced by Grace Alfar. A ZGraphix production. http://zgraphix.org
Live music from Rachel Ray's SXSW 2012 Party and from Downtown Austin. Songs include: Mumford And Sons - Little Lion Man, Bush - Glycerine Journey - Don't Stop Believing, The Killers - Mr Brightside, George Michael - Faith, Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, NINE INCH NAILS - CLOSER Produced by ZGraphix.org Edited by Jeff Zavala
Comcast swallowed up NBC. Microsoft scooped up Skype. AT&T tried to take over T-Mobile. What's next? This panel will explore the new face of media consolidation, what it means for the future of the Internet and free speech, and whether there's anything that can — or should — be done to change course before we’re staring at GoogizonFoxBookfinity&T. This panel of scholars, policy experts, and public interest advocates will look at how we got here, measure the impact of the mega-mergers happening now or coming soon, explain what policymakers should be doing to confront the next wave of media concentration, and discuss what alternatives might be possible. The panel will include former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, Craig Aaron of the media advocacy group Free Press and Andrea Quijada of New Mexico's Media Literacy Project, and will be moderated by tech journalist Sam Gustin. Produced by ZGraphix.org Filmed & Edited by Jeff Zavala
SXSW Interactive 2012 presents: Occupying Media: 24 Hour Protest People The Occupy Wall Street Movement began in September, 2011 with the goal of holding a 24/7 public protest at the nerve center of American finance. Uniquely among American mass protest movements, the "occupation" used a variety of specially configured audio, video and social media resources to built an independent media capacity to extend the reach of its message and bypass mainstream media filters. These systems emphasized the role of the citizen observer over traditional media engagement strategies, and by creating "news" and validating events through shared experience, they helped the occupation movement achieve and sustain critical mass. This panel features members from various occupation sites who have worked on national media efforts. Produced by ZGraphix.org Filmed & Edited by Jeff Zavala
SXSW Interactive 2012 presents: Data Is the New Oil: Wealth and Wars on the Web In the 21st century, we’re experiencing the dawn of a new fuel: Data. Multibillion-dollar industries, from search engines to social networking to online advertising, have been built on the aggregation of personal data, information the World Economic Forum likens to a “new type of raw material … on par with capital and labor.”We believe a new war will soon breakout, a War on Data. And we're ready to go to battle. Two personal data experts, Owen Tripp, co-founder and COO of Reputation.com and World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, and DJ Patil, Data Scientist in Residence at Greylock and former Chief Scientist at LinkedIn, encourage businesses and entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo through data. Old businesses and dynasties will be toppled as new disruptors fight back with innovative use of data. Join Owen Tripp and DJ Patil to learn which top industries stand to be disrupted by data innovators. Produced by ZGraphix.org Filmed & Edited by Jeff Zavala
Everything is a Remix, So Steal Like An Artist SXSW Austin, TX 3/10/12 - While many have described the new world of remix culture where “nothing is original,” few have provided practical advice for those of us who find ourselves living and making things in it. Join filmmaker Kirby Ferguson (creator of the video series EVERYTHING IS A REMIX) and artist Austin Kleon (author of NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT and STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST) as they show clips from Kirby's work and discuss how one best goes about being a creator in the digital age. Questions Answered: 1. What are the basic elements of creativity? 2. What is the line between inspiration and outright plagiarism? 3. How can creators best share their work on the web without getting ripped off? 4. Is it really true that nothing is original? 5. Why is “make what you like” better advice than “make what you know”? Supporting Material: EVERYTHING IS A REMIX: http://www.everythingisaremix.info/ STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST: http://www.austinkleon.com/steal Category: Convergence / Film / Music Austin Kleon - austinleon.com Kirby Ferguson - http://www.everythingisaremix.info/
by Amy Bugbee
Time and time again big business takes the joy out of art for the artist and the enthusiast, it becomes a product and a commodity, SXSW is a case in point. SXSW has been around a long time, 2012 makes year 26, and certainly back when it all began it was an amazing collection of bands from punk rock to singer-songwriters, and all points in between! It's first year it attracted over 700 attendees, and many great regional bands, today it is a music festival, a film festival and an interactive conference, which is now the largest segment of the 10 day barrage on the city of Austin, growing larger than the music festival that bore it.
Not that Austin is complaining, even as the "Live Music Capital of America" it is the largest event the city has, and last year alone it raised some $167 million in revenues for local restaurants, hotels, and other businesses. It is now visited by nearly 30,000 attendees, vendors, panelists and performers. It is a sacred cow for the city of Austin.
I have been lucky enough to see SXSW from a few different angles, of course I have never been an official attendee - I mean who has $1000 to spend on a badge? Not me, but apparently thousands of others do, yes. Most of the official festivities happen downtown at the convention center and along 6th street, where thousands of music and media industry types do what most people do at conventions, they "network", and then get wasted and act like fools.
Twenty of the most exciting, original, and talented community street bands from across North America will perform absolutely free in streets, parks, and neighborhoods throughout Austin for the inaugural HONK!TX festival, from March 11th to 13th, 2011. The first HONK! festival took place in 2006 in Somerville, Massachusetts, when local community street band Second Line Social Aid & Pleasure Society set about envisioning and creating a festival to celebrate the growing nationwide community of activist marching bands and the community-rooted union of art, activism, and music. In their first year, HONK! brought in bands from as far away as Chicago and Vancouver. And, that festival continues to feature street bands from around North America and countries as far away as Italy, and it continues to draw the support of area residents, businesses, arts groups, volunteers, politicians and citizens. Inspired by the success of the original HONK! Festival in Somerville, Massachusetts and HONK! Fest West in Seattle, Washington, HONK!TX is a non-profit and grassroots gathering of street bands that defy simple categorization. Bands will play unamplified and without built stages, breaking down any barriers between the crowd and performers. The bands range in size from four to forty members, all diverse in age, ethnicity, and musical background. They represent various performance traditions, including New Orleans second line brass, European klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, and festivals such as Mardi Gras and Brazilian Carnaval. HONK!TX is made possible by the wholehearted support of neighborhood associations, local businesses, city officials, and other community members. Volunteers will provide housing, transportation, and their time at the festival. The festival has raised funds from over 230 individual donations through a kickstarter.com campaign.