Baratunde on #HowToBeBlack: From Hashtag To Hardcover

Baratunde Thurston (The Onion)
Keynote
Location: Metropolitan Ballroom Level:
Average rating: ****.
(4.45, 11 ratings)

Baratunde.com/howtobeblack Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He’s known for a brand of digital performance art that includes personifying the swine flu on Twitter and treating a Foursquare mayoral campaign with the earnestness of real politics. In this Web 2.0 talk, Baratunde shares the story of how he wrote his new book, “How To Be Black” (Harper, Feb 2012) using digital interactive lessons he’s learned over the years. Specific examples include “live-writing” several chapters by sharing his screen publicly during the writing process and using Facebook to beta test certain chapters.

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Baratunde Thurston

The Onion

Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics and serves as Director of Digital for The Onion. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, hosted Popular Science‚Äôs Future Of on Discovery Science and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” Baratunde travels the world speaking and advising and performs standup regularly in NYC. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, will be published in February 2012 by Harper Collins.

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