Thursday, March 17, 2005

Notable Key Notes

The three most notable key notes at SxSW had the least to do with technology. Malcolm Gladwell, Ana Marie Cox--better known as Wonkette, and Al Franken addressed capacity crowds. Malcolm Gladwell, author of "Blink" and "The Tipping Point," is quite big in blog circles. In short, "The Tipping Point" discusses the sociology of trends and looks at how a notion becomes a phenomenon. Erica Breth has recently been thinking about how one might create a tipping point for political reform in Latin America. Gladwell's talk focused on his most recent book "Blink," which discusses the process of gut decision making. Without having read "Blink," it reminds me of a book called "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. Gladwell seems to address more of the perverse effects of gut decisionmaking--such as poor or discriminative choices, which de Becker's emphasis is on instances where gut instinct is superior to rational decisionmaking particularly in the area of personal security. I think that both authors would agree that gut decisions can often be better made with less information and from what I understand that theory applies to both books as well; you really only need to read the first few chapters.

Al Franken fields questions on how to revise the Democratic Party Posted by Hello


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