Having a social justice warrior meme group has brought people into my life who are serious about their politics and also fucking hilarious.
Did you ever watch Jane's brilliant panel at SXSW last year? If you haven't, take an hour to listen to her secrets of publishing panel because it's like a master's degree in the industry -- all crammed into one very entertaining hour.
We are thrilled to announce that this year, Say Media is nominating THREE panels, and we're incredibly excited about all of them.
Whether or not you're going to SXSW (and I hope you are!), we'd love for you to take a minute to vote for our panels this year -- as every vote really does help. Honestly.
Please sign up, log in and share with your friends! Jane and I will personally hug each and every one of you. Also, you can tell us what we need to make sure is being discussed this year! You can even pick our outfits.
Here are the three panels plus their official descriptions (and we're including the one from ReadWrite because Owen is amazing -- and his panel will be, too):
1. Fearless, Funny & F*ed-Up: The Web's Humor Gap
Women aren't funny. Especially on the Internet. Wait –- what!? Saying women aren't funny might be a good way to troll for Internet clicks (take Christopher Hitchens' famous essay Why Women Aren't Funny) but it couldn't be farther from the truth. Publishing legend Jane Pratt, founder of Sassy and Jane magazines and now xoJane.com, is assembling an irresistible, irreverent and hilarious collection of some of the feistiest and most entertaining women in the world for this unforgettable NSFW session. [Please give me your suggestions for who you would like to see on the panel in the comments. Thanks! Annnnnnd Vote! --Jane]
2. We Are All Pole Dancing on the Internet Now
The trend, at least among young people, is to share more information on the Internet rather than less –- and that's healthy and liberating, especially for women says xoJane's Deputy Editor Mandy Stadtmiller. In this session, Mandy talks about why it's OK to live out loud on the Internet, why millions of women love frank first-person stories like It Happened to Me -- and why the world would be a better place if more of us were oversharers too.
3. #siliconvalleyproblems: Can We Fix The Tech Mess?
Owen Thomas is the editor-in-chief of ReadWrite, one of the most widely respected technology sites on the Web. But before he got there, he spent 17 years working in the trenches of technology journalism, from the scathing, groundbreaking Suck.com to the trendsetting Red Herring to the fearsome Valleywag. In this talk, Owen will share what he's learned from taking on the Valley's reality distortion field and telling the unvarnished truth about entrepreneurs, investors, and other bubble blowers.
Any thoughts? Questions? Ideas? Did you vote? Did we mention how grateful we are?
(We are SO grateful.) Yeah yeah yeah!
Find Mandy long-form at http://tinyurl.com/stadtmiller.