Jean Baudrillard died yesterday. It'd take more than just a few sentences to even come close to summing up the complexity of his writing, but needless to say his work had a massive influence on me and his thinking figured heavily in both my undergraduate thesis (which was about Baudrillard, Debord, and the Situationist International) and my graduate dissertation (which was about Baudrillard, Derrida, Lyotard, and economics).
A couple of speaking engagements this week: First up is the PSFK Conference on Tuesday, March 6th, where I'm speaking in the afternoon on a panel titled "Media as Creative Agency". Then it's off to Austin for SXSW, where on Saturday morning I'm speaking on a panel moderated by my old friend Laura Moorhead titled "Emerging Social and Technology Trends." Which should be easy to cover in under an hour.
I have a confession to make: I starred in a play when I was in high school (Woody Allen's Play It Again Sam, if you must know). But that's not why I'm writing this post. The real reason is that my friend John Newman dug up our sophomore yearbook, which just happens to have a somewhat compromising picture of me on stage with co-star Ruby Rippey, aka the woman San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom had an affair with. Oddly enough this isn't the closest connection I have with a political scandal. When I was a kid I once had lunch with Gary Condit, who was our Assemblyman at the time. And yes, that's what I looked like in high school.
I speak on panels fairly regularly, but the one I'm most looking forward to right now is the PSFK Conference which takes place here in NYC on Tuesday, March 6th. If you're interested in coming you can check out the line up (and buy tix) here.