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17/03/2009 - South by Southwest Special

27 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 17 March 2009

Digital Planet visits the South by Southwest Festival in Texas.

The five day Interactive event is part of an annual festival which also includes music and film. From 'big thinkers' to robot-makers, the conference draws an eclectic crowd of tech heads to the rock and roll city of Austin.


Author and internet guru Steven Johnson talks to Gareth about the emerging information ecosystem.

"We’re switching from a mass media model which was like an assembly line to this bottom-up new system of news, which looks more like a jungle than a factory floor."


Wandering around the festival, we bumped into a transvestite dinner lady, a jilted bride and a basketball coach. Not the rejects from a spring break fancy dress party, but The Go Game crew. They create 'technology-fuelled, creative games and activities' for team building and birthday parties.


Inside the conference, a hall-full of women were celebrating 'Mom Power'. From blogging to campaigning, mothers are becoming a growing force on the net. TechMama Beth Blecherman shares the secrets of being a Geek Mom.


Internet karaoke is about to hit the market. Harry Evans is one of the co-founders of Croonr, an internet application that lets you sing with others online. Gareth goes head-to-head in the karaoke battle of the century.

  • Gareth & James at South by Southwest Festival

    Gareth & James at South by Southwest Festival

    Gareth Mitchell meets listener James Fritz at South by Southwest interactive festival in Austin, Texas


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