"Queens of Cyberspace" - Women at SXSW

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Queens.... of.... Cyberspace! The Austin Chronicle has a write-up on many of the women speaking at SXSW that makes me proud of my alternative weekly roots as a journalist. If you squint really hard, or check out the big cover here on my neglected Flickr blog, you'll see their cover promotes Heather Armstrong, Ronnie Bennett, danah boyd, Barb Dybwad, Anastasia Goodstein, Lynne D. Johnson, Glennis McClellan, Maxine Sherrin, and Ruby Sinreich. (For those of you who don't know, conference programmer Hugh Forrest has worked hard to walk his talk about a representative group of speakers. As a result, more than 100 of this year's 300 speakers are women. He recruited BlogHer to produce five panels and we are just a drop in the bucket.)

I copied some story links below to get you started. If you read through it all, like I did, you'll enjoy rich, deep quotes from all of the women above. You'll also see my admiring description of CE Melinda Casino, whose surfing guides to Feminism & Gender are among our best.

People the Chron doesn't mention on the cover -- whom I expect to raise the rhetorical roof at SXSW and are a big part of the reason I'm getting a sitter and going -- are:

  • Tiffany B. Brown, who is on two panels: Blogging While Black, Revisited and Public Square or Private Club: Does Exclusivity Strengthen or Dilute?
  • Power Trio Grace Davis, Nancy White and Tish Grier, who are joined by Bill Andersen and Jimmie Bise, Jr. at 11:30 am Sunday on a panel called, "Us and Them: A Blog Conversation Survival Guide"
  • For a full speaking schedule, see here - if I've missed any links, please let me know and add them below.
  • Here's a menu of the Chron's terrific coverage:

    South by Southwest Interactive 06
    BY SHAWN BADGLEY
    March 10-14, Austin Convention Center

    Reciprocal Demand
    BY JAMES RENOVITCH
    Ladies, what has the gaming business done for you, lately?

    City of Games
    BY N. EVAN VAN ZELFDEN
    ScreenBurn reinvents itself for launch

    The Consequences of Getting Personal
    BY MARRIT INGMAN
    The BlogHer founders bare all

    Don't Fear the Interface
    BY KATE X MESSER
    Web designers are wielding the coolest new tools for the greater good

    The New Reliable
    BY MARRIT INGMAN
    With Dooce.com, pro blogger and crazy Utah housewife Heather Armstrong stands by her brand

    Come in From the Old
    BY JOSH ROSENBLATT
    Warming up to folksonomies, recommendation systems, and glocalized environments

    Enjoy. I'll see everyone Friday night, March 10, at the BlogHer/SXSW meet-up coordinated by the amazing Paige Maguire.

    P.S. Yes, men are invited.

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