What You Haven’t Read about SXSW

Here’s what you haven’t read about my trip to Austin, TX for SXSW so far…

Last week, I had the pleasure of spending seven days in Austin, Texas. Not only was it great being in Austin, but it was also a pretty popular time to be there. South by Southwest (or SXSW) is the interactive, film, music, and comedy festival that completely takes over the city for almost two full weeks. As part of the completion of my interdisciplinary degree at Columbia College, I was able to attend the festival as part of the AEMMP Digital Distribution & Promotions Practicum course. For my project in class, I was able to incorporate something I was planning on doing down there, anyway. I got to write about all of the bands (good and bad) that I was able to catch, and it was published over on Atwood Magazine. If you’re interested in the music portion of my experience, click on the day-header for those ramblings. This post will serve more in the nitty-gritty of the trip, and what you won’t find on a publication. Thus, “What You Didn’t Read about SXSW Already”

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Year in Review: 2016

Wow, what a freakin year. As I went through pictures this time around, I found an astonishing amount of goofy selfies and embarrassing snapchat screenshots of my friends, so the fact that I was able to pull as many “normal” pictures as I’ve got in here is nothing short of a miracle. As I was writing this blog post last year, I knew there’d be a lot to talk about… but I never imagined to have the year shake out like it did. Anyway, here’s 2016 in somewhere around 6,000 words. Stay with us.

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Taking in an overlook in Tennessee

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More Internet Problems (The Nash Grier Thing)

Not going to lie, I was struggling a little bit with what I was going to write about this week. I haven’t really been doing much since I got home besides working, training, sleeping, and binge watching Pretty Little Liars on Netflix. And since the last time I posted about an internet issue I got quite a few extra hits, I wanted to get my thoughts out there again on this whole Nash Grier thing.

From my understanding, Nash Grier doesn’t understand how to handle internet celebrity. He posted a video on YouTube about a year ago of ‘things guys look for in girls’, where he basically dehumanized women. He and two other young lads shared their thoughts with the world – including how much hair they want their ladies to shave, how much skin should show, how they needed to wear make-up, and personality traits they should have to make themselves more attractive. More recently, the issue coming up is his use of a derogatory word towards a certain group of people in one of his Vine videos. Both of these have been removed from the internet, to my understanding, but I’m sure if you want to dig more, you can find more direct quotes than I cared to find.

Kind of obvious, but these are kind of big no-nos in not only the internet community, but in the world. You don’t go around saying these things in real life, and most certainly not on the internet – especially when you have a fan base like this kid does.

Besides the obvious problems with the situation, I think what bothers me most is that he hasn’t really done anything about it. He’s clearly getting a lot of hate for it – but he also has teenage girls standing up for him. Which is crazy weird. They’re one of the affected groups in this whole ordeal! The only form of apology I’ve seen is he wrote a little note on his iPhone, screen shot it, and posted it on Twitter. He didn’t make a video, he didn’t do anything to contribute to the real world to prove he’s sorry, he just took probably about five minutes to write a little thing on his phone to post on Twitter. It baffles me that he even remotely thinks that something so small could do any repair to the damage he’s done. To the feelings he’s hurt.

I never really was a big Nash Grier fan, I’ve never really got in to the whole Vine thing, but when these kind of situations arise, it’s hard to not want to get your voice out there amidst the rest of the voices. Isn’t the internet a wonderful thing?