Creatives in music, film and tech that have for decades been the center of attention at the annual SXSW (South by Southwest) festival in Austin, Texas have been overshadowed this year by the arrival of rising political stars.

The invasion of politicians, regulators and political reporters at the festival shows just how much politics has become entrenched in every aspect of our cultural lives.

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Driving the news: For years, critics and investors came to SXSW mostly to scout hot trends, products and talents before they got big.

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Dr. Nick Begich explains how patriots and conservatives must kick down the digital doorway blocking their voice from being heard before it’s too late.

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