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SXSWi in Quotes

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[Gym Class Heroes and Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz at the Ustream Party. Courtesy Nick McGlynn for mediabistro.com/RandomNightOut.com]

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We’re still digging through our notes from SXSW Interactive and wanted to present some of our favorite quotes from the event:

“Institutions fight to keep problems that serve their solution.” –Clay Shirky, Consultant/Author/Teacher

“Social media scares the sh*t out of everybody, because they’re not sure what to do with it.” –Brian Solis, Author/PR Agency Owner

“We’re like eight years into this experiment.” –Foursquare co-founder Dennis Crowley on the location-based craze.

“PR is not going to fix your customer service department.” –Frank Elasion, Senior Director, Comcast National Customer Service

“Last year was about listening, this year is about action.” –Erin Korogodsky, Senior Account Manager, Scout Labs

“Criticism of the mainstream media is misconstrued.” –Markos Moulitsas, Founder, Daily Kos

“I can’t see a future where CNN is solely the middle man.” –Lila King, Senior Producer for Interactive Storytelling and User Participation at CNN.com

“[Gawker Publisher] Nick Denton won’t keep a guy in Mexico when it’s physically dangerous to be there.” –David Carr, The New York Times

“I’ve had enough of agency life.” –Michael O’Connor Clarke, VP Marketing Communications, Freshbooks

“We have such a value on immediacy.” –Randi Zuckerberg, Marketing Director, Facebook

“I would hope the link economy would reward investigative journalism.” –Pete Cashmore, Founder, Mashable

“The Huffington Post and Google News are siphoning off ad revenue from every newspaper in the world.” –Bob Garfield, NPR Correspondent/Author

“[Online publishers] make money the more often we click. They have an economic incentive to keep us distracted.” –Nicholas Carr, Author

“I’ll be the first to admit to being a bit green as an interviewer, and entirely new to SXSW.” –Umair Haque in his first blog post since his widely criticized interview of Twitter CEO Evan Williams.

“What’s popular isn’t always what’s good.” –Pete Cashmore, Founder, Mashable

“This is the Davos of digital.” –B. Bonin Bough, Director of Digital and Social Media at PepsiCo

“If you think the internet is going to replace cable, you’re crazy.” –Mark Cuban, HDNet

“Hey, is that Ashton Kutcher?” –Everyone at every party

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CNN, MTV, Mashable and Facebook Discuss How Crowdsourcing Is Affecting Reporting

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“The way CNN reports a story today is fundamentally different than the way CNN would do it four years ago, before iReport, and before you could actually include the voice of the audience, and represent them back in the story,” said CNN’s Lila King.

That being said, King acknowledged, “I think we have a long way to go, for sure. I don’t want to sit here and pretend that it’s all figured out, but I think we’re heading in that direction.”

The comments came on a panel titled, “CrowdControl: Changing The Face Of Media Or Hype?” moderated by Text 100′s Joe Kingsbury and also featuring Mashable founder Pete Cashmore, Facebook’s Randi Zuckerberg, and MTV’s Jason Rzepka.

Cashmore said “curation is being underrated. It’s really important to make sense of raw materials,” when we asked him about just how much “true reporting” is taking place by crowd-sourced methods. For example, when US Airways Flight 1549 famously landed in the Hudson River last January, the initial image of the event came from Twitter, but almost all of the subsequent news reporting came from “traditional” sources.

MTV’s Rzepka said that MTV has “kind of been in the citizen journalism game since the beginning,’ and mentioned programs like their get out the vote effort “Choose or Loose.”

Cashmore acknowledged that news brands are still extremely important. “You see something on CNN, it’s a trusted brand. You see something trending on Twitter, it’s less trustworthy,” he said.

Facebook’s Zuckerberg said she sees crowdsourcing in two ways: ideation and distribution. She gave the example of actress Betty White being asked to host Saturday Night Live due almost completely to efforts on Facebook. Getting her on the show is “ideation,” while the “distribution” is people reacting to the decision and the show online.