Bruce Sterling's closing SXSW keynote: disruption and destruction

In Bruce Sterling's barn-burning closing keynote for SXSW 2013, he confronts the realities of disruption -- that disruption leads to destruction. Our wonderful things destroy other wonderful things. The future composts the past. We roast the 20th century over our bonfire, let's not shamefully pretend that we did it by accident. Let's eat our kill.

Important stuff.

Bruce Sterling closing remarks at SXSW2013



    1. I’ll get a tablet someday. For now . . . well, I’m a producer, not a consumer. I’m old fashioned enough to prefer a desktop (Linux!). One with a big-ass full-width keyboard and two HD monitors and gear for scanning and digitizing old meida.

  1. I look forward to Bruce’s closing rants (eloquent ramblings) every year for years now. It’s like a real holy day when I get a hold of the latest on mp3.

  2.  ALSO; re: SXSW 2013…JASH videos. The one that’s 5:01 is excellent. Uh, attempting a link was terrible. JASH. comedy.

  3. Why, oh why didn’t they allow a download of the mp3 from SoundCloud?

    Here… I’ll disrupt this inconvenience for those who want to put this on an iPod or whatever…

    Downloadable link edit: they already broke it… :(

    Hopefully it’ll keep working…

  4. yes we are all in decay, but TRYing to make things better in human systems that are clearly ridiculous and harmful to individuals, peace, other creatures, oneself, is not a crime against your logic. 
    if you accept that there’s no solving it, you get hedonism. hey, it’s all going to hell in a handbasket! grab a printed-gun and jump in!also, he’s one of the more respected, but he’s not really saying much – he’s just ranting with this dismissive ‘how could you not know this?!’ tone, which by minute 49 has wiped out ones attention, and you miss the point of his denouement. which is, for those who didn’t get to it, not really much.

  5. Web 1.0 is still alive. It’s still as big as it was in the late 1990s, just proportionally it looks small compared to the growing web 2.0.   Things don’t die, they just fade into the background.

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