It’s time to submit panel proposals for South by Southwest, and never having been to it (or to Austin), I’m racking my brains trying to come up with a good idea for one. In the thick of trying to get the word out about S&E, I’m wondering if it’s time for a panel about the end of indie. This is something I address in the final chapter of the book, the idea that the clichéd notion of indie has become so pervasive that the core ideals no longer really fit into the term. Hmm… given sxsw’s democratic panel picking system (people vote for panels online, so re-appearing folks and people with big email lists have a clear advantage), I may have to give this a more marketable spin. BOOBS. There ya go.
Saleability has been much on my mind of late, since I am trying to blog, Facebook, Twitter and get back in touch with folks I worked with in my magazine days to get the book reviewed, talked about and promoted (speaking of which, I’m offering up a custom mix cd and out of print issues of Kitchen Sink as prizes for the best Amazon reviews… of which I currently have none. Come ON people!). A friend reminded me about this brilliant video by Dennis Cass today, which I first saw a while back but still makes me die laughing until I realize this is exactly what I’m going through at the moment. O brave new world…
Causes Kaya Oakes Supports
Southern Poverty Law Center
Call to Action
Human Rights Campaign
Berkeley Food and Housing Project