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Webby Talks October 2, 2018

Everything You Think Is True

The Webby Awards team is traveling the world on our Webby Talks Tour with this year’s theme “Everything You Think Is True.” Read more below!

Every year, The Webby Awards team looks at our extensive body of entries and our own industry research to determine emerging trends on the Internet and how they’re impacting our lives and work.

This year we’re traveling the world with our newest Webby Talk: “Everything You Think Is True: How the Internet has fragmented our collective reality, and why that’s not (entirely) a bad thing.”

If the title sounds familiar, that’s because it was Webby Lifetime Achievement Winner Prince’s 5-Word Speech at the 2009 Webby Awards (see below).

In addition to being a brilliant speech by the inimitable Prince, it’s also a comment on the state of the Internet today. As we explored over 13,000 entries and a survey conducted in partnership with YouGov of 3,000 people across the U.S., we recognized an overarching theme: That we’re living at a time where the Internet has the power to shape each and every individual’s perception of what’s real—but how the same tools that are ushering in an age of misinformation, “fake news,” and more, also hold the keys to a future where “reality” adapts to meet individual needs.

Our Webby Talks Tour schedule is filling up fast. Find out more and check out our schedule to see when we’ll be in your city—and reach out to emma@webbyawards.com to request a Talk at your office!

👁 Webby Winners Interpret “Everything You Think Is True”

This year to coincide with our Webby Talks Tour, we’ve also launched an Instagram campaign featuring Webby Winners’ interpretations of our theme “Everything You Think Is True.”

Every week we’ll feature a different winner on our Instagram, including SuperDeluxe, Van Jones, Dress Code, LEGO, GIPHY, Dots, MediaMonks, and many more.

Webby Winners Interpret "Everything You Think Is True"

The Webby Awards team is traveling the world on our Webby Talks Tour with this year’s theme “Everything You Think Is True.” Read more below!

m ss ng p eces interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“Everything you think is true… So let’s challenge the current narratives and dream up new stories that help generate a flourishing world.”
– m ss ng p eces
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BASIC interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“Mantra meditation helps to induce an altered state of consciousness. Prince lived as an enlightened being. We can only hope to achieve his greatness, this is a good place to start.” – BASIC

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Dress Code interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“The truth is hidden in-between the lines.” – Dress Code

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Resn interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“What Prince said was true.” – Resn 🧠 This is a flipbook of Resn’s collective mind with each frame composed by a different member of the team.

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MediaMonks interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“Don’t stop believing.” – MediaMonks

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B-Reel interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“Oh, the horrors of bias! In a world of endless questionable truths, what you think becomes what is real. But it doesn’t matter who your monsters are, what matters is what you do about it. The scariest thing you can be is silent. #Vote.” – B-Reel

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Super Deluxe interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“We seek peace, comfort, and happiness in an increasingly complex world. Curb your ego and ambitions for a moment and ask yourself: What’s the core of your truth? Who do you care for? Do they also care for you? Embrace simple pleasures from simpler times and think your truths into action.” – Tool

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Van Jones interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“As a poor kid at the edge of nowhere, [Prince] had a vision for himself of becoming the biggest star in the world and he created that reality for himself.” – Van Jones

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Super Deluxe interprets "Everything You Think Is True"

“Nothing is real. Except everything you think. And every single thing you’ve ever seen online.” – Super Deluxe

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