Arse Electronika: Tech, Erotica, Blogging, the Future

Later this month is the second Arse Elektronika 2008
conference, tagged this year as “Do Androids Dream of Electric
Sheep?” It’s in San Francisco from September 25-28,
with the 25th being the party night My friend Viviane and are are doing a session this year on sex and relationship blogging and what I will call oversharing–or what we dubbed “Avoiding the Emily Gould Effect,” (the young blogger who made the Times cover, confessed to *ruining* her private life, and got a reported $1MM book contract as a consolation prize).

This year’s schedule has an interesting lineup with a keynote address by Constance Penley, “Fuck Space: Slashing the Ocean”; and a close of “Science Fucktion” with Johannes Grenzfurthner and Richard Kadrey.
Tickets are cheap and this is going to be one of those fun, disruptive events that could only happen in SF, Vienna, NYC, LA and so on.

Here’s the precis of our talk:

“Oversharing”, sex blogging & erotica. How to successfully manage
your online identity, whether you’re pseudonymous or right out there.
As the legions of bloggers sharing personal stories of sexuality,
erotica and adventure grow and as sex & relationship blogs become
big business we hear both stories of bloggers who regret what they’ve
shared (Emily Gould – and survived a tawdry outing (Zoe Margolis –, and those who’ve parlayed sex & erotica blogging into far more mainstream careers (Rachel Kramer Bussel (, Melissa Gira Grant ( Violet Blue (

How do you manage your online persona so you’re in control of your
story? What to do if you get outed?  Join Viviane, leader of The Sex
Carnival, and Susan Mernit, sex and relationships contributing editor
at Blogher, in a discussion of sharing, oversharing, and the best ways
to put it out there. A hand out of tips for beginners and getting
started will also be provided.”