Alternative newsweeklies from across the country lie in stacks on two cloth-covered, cafeteria-size tables inside the Austin Convention Center's exhibition hall, SXSW trade-show headquarters. Bloated with booths boasting dot-com thises or dot-com thats, this hall, bigger than a football field, is from end zone to end zone prime real estate. But the spot at the hall's main entrance, only the size of two open doorways, is beachfront property. After all, it's the first setup passersby see walking in. This enviable... More >>>
In the hands of alternative papers, the power to choose SXSW participants may compromise the festival's integrity.