A couple years ago, the South by Southwest Festival introduced the PanelPicker, an online system that let people vote on what kinds of panels they’d be interested in seeing presented at the fest. The reader votes account for about 30 percent of a panel’s final score, with the rest of the weight given to SXSW staff and an advisory board. (More info on that breakdown here.)
This is where I humbly ask for your help: I’ve submitted an idea for a panel for SXSW 2011, and I’d love it if you’d vote for it. The title is “You Are Not a Publicist: Criticism vs. Advertising.” The goal of the panel discussion is to talk with other critics and the audience about the appropriate relationship between a critic and the studio whose content they cover, and how that relationship can be compromised in the digital age if a critic isn’t careful. The independent spirit behind it is one of the things that makes Pajiba an interesting place: I believe a critic’s duty is first and foremost to the work at hand, not to those who promote the work. The panel will hopefully be able to round up interesting viewpoints from all corners of the critical world, and I think it’s got the potential to start some important and fun discussions about our collective passion for movies.
Anyway: If you could be so kind, head on over and vote for the panel to be included in next year’s festival. You do have to create an account to vote, which I know feels like a hassle, but I’d greatly appreciate it if you’d take a minute to do so and help me out. Thanks a bunch.