But Not Much More

The PJ Tatler » There’s More to #SXSW2014 than Skinny Jeans and Hipsters

Anyway, the media won’t mock any of this and it won’t note the corporate-indie conflict or just make fun of some of the more obvious oddities of the whole thing. The corporations are here and the indie start-ups are here, somewhere, and the politics of the place has a distinctively leftish point of view, which doesn’t make a lot of sense if you think about it. The left these days is all about conformity and one-size-fits-all. The left looks at bankrupt California and successful Texas and wants to force the latter to become more like the former, instead of allowing for differences or admitting that its way isn’t working. Tech is about doing whatever works, and then making that work better or in some new way. Tech development is about freedom. The left, and the politics the left has brought to SXSW, are not about freedom at all.

First, for those who don’t automatically think in acronyms, “SXSW14” stands for “South by Southwest,” which is a huge music and media festival held in Austin. TX every year.

Second, I live in the hot, throbbing intersections of music, hipsters, and technology every day right here in San Francisco, and the jarring cognitive dissonance between leftist hipster douchebaggery and the tech that pays their bills and keeps them entertained is far more jarring when you experience it every day rather than when it only comes visitng for a few days a year.

Brian ought to wander out to the Austin airport as the festival winds down, and see how many flights full of hipster cattle head back to the SF Bay Area.  And be glad the flow is running out of Austin, not in.

I suppose there’s no way we could talk a few of them into staying?

No, cancel that.  Austin is one of the places I’m considering for possible relocation out of the People’s Republik.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


But Not Much More — 2 Comments

  1. Austin is appealing to someone who likes the arts, music, and entertainment you are accustomed to in San Francisco.

    But Austin is not like the rest of Texas. I have a friend who lives there, and last time I visited him he made the comment “Austin – It’s just 10 minutes from Texas.”

    Austin is a lot more like California or Massachusetts than it is like Texas.

    You get the benefit of a Republican legislature, and all the liabilities of a Liberal local establishment.

    I’d say the most positive point of view would be the call it liberaltarian.

    That is not a compliment.

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