Last week, we asked FishbowlNY readers: What party or event did the media overrun in 2009? And we got our reply: an overwhelming 88 percent of you said that the Presidential Inauguration was the biggest media blow-out of the year.
To be honest, that was sort of a no-brainer. When your kids ask you where you were the first African American was sworn into office, you’ll probably remember that better than, say, the 2009 South by Southwest festival (which came in third with four percent of the votes).
And FishbowlNY was there, covering The Huffington Post’s Inaugural Ball! (Big thanks to former FishbowlNY editor Glynnis MacNicol for all that fabulous coverage.)
For music lovers and techies though, the week-long Austin party will probably be remembered as our generation’s Burning Man, but with more clothes and different drugs. But even the stunt of British developers taking over a conference room and holding a “Not Another Social Media Panel” panel failed to convince our readers that the SXSW festival was more important than Barack Obama this year. Who says we don’t have our priorities straight?
Coming in fourth was The Webbies with two percent of your vote, while The National Magazine Awards (The Ellies) and the Time 100 party garnered no votes whatsoever. But we’d like to give a special consolation prize both to The Ellies and the entirety of Internet Week, the latter of which drew crowds large enough to be considered at least the New York techie’s version of SXSW. (The music conference portion would be CMJ, we guess.)
And The Ellies were particularly important this year, since it was the first year that the American Society of Magazine Editors recognized digital media in their applicant pool. Next year, without any election to overshadow it, The Ellies may take the lead as media’s biggest event, as they introduce 12 new categories for online journalism.
As for the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and Grammys? That must be the six percent “Other” that people voted for. Was there an event we missed? Let us know in the comments.