SXSW’s Identity Crisis Is Our Own

March 19, 2015 10:49 AM

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SXSW’s Identity Crisis Is Our Own

The event formerly known as a music festival just no longer fits Austin, or anywhere in particular. In that sense, SXSW is like American culture at large.

Last year at SXSW, a drunk driver plowed into a crowd while fleeing the police, injuring dozens and leaving four dead. The next morning, festival officials declared that the show would go on, and it did. That very night, in what has become a fitting symbol of SXSW, Lady Gaga performed on a five-stor...

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