March 23rd, 2009

Sadly I had to skip yesterday’s Sex::Tech 2009, the San Fran “unconference” that’s tackling the intersection of teens, web culture, and STD prevention. Work has been crazy the last few weeks, and with GDC starting today things aren’t bound to get better soon. Making it would have meant waking up at 7:00 on a Sunday, and since I’ve been a walking, unproductive zombie for the last seven days, I figured my sanity was worth more than eight hours of learning. Maybe

Still, I’m bummed that I didn’t get to listen in (and report) on the unconference. There were some pretty interesting panels on the schedule, including “Is it catchy? Viral marketing to youth” and “Public health interventions in MySpace.” I find the idea of using Web 2.0 sites as educational tools pretty fascinating, especially since they’re often consider popular — i.e. low — culture. Call it hokey, but there’s also something totally non-coincidental in the fact that viral marketing literally spreads like disease, and Sex::Tech is about disease prevention.

Hopefully some cool coverage of the event will pop up soon and I can live vicariously through other people’s reporting. Until then, it feels good to be actually caught up. And now off to begin a week of staring shamelessly at people’s tiny name tags, i.e. GDC 2009.

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