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Puppets, Theatre and the Conflation of 'Successful' with 'Popular'

A talk by Ben Metcalfe at SXSWi 2009

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March 17, 2009 7:30 AM

500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

500 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

(Based on a post I wrote http://benmetcalfe.com/blog/index.php/2008/06/29/puppets-theatre-and-the-conflation-of-successful-with-popular/)Loren Feldman used a puppet to ruin a social media consultant's career. Every day we witness ego driven squabbles and arguments play out on our twitter streams (often carefully orchestrated between the participants via the back channels). Even Micheal Arrington once went on record as saying he's in the "entertainment business".How did our industry deteriorate into a glorified law of the school yard? In an era of economic downturn, what damage is this having upon the rest of us who simply want to build great products, change the world and (perhaps) retire a little early?

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