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Festivus for the Rest of Us

Posted by Tripp Hemphill on Oct 11, 2016 2:00:00 PM

If you were born before 1985, it’s likely that you immediately get the reference to Festivus, the anti-commercial holiday “for the rest of us”, that was invented by George Costanza’s father and celebrated on Seinfeld. Of course, Festivus wouldn’t be complete without an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, a dinner where the guests engage in the "Airing of Grievances" and recognition of "Feats of Strength" as well as proclaiming easily explainable events as "Festivus miracles".

The “Festivus” episode from Season 9 (1997) - ranked as a top fan favorite of the entire series - also popularized the concepts of “two-face”, when someone is not as good looking as first thought due to lighting and other environmental conditions, as well as “The Human Fund”, a fake charity George makes up in order to get out of spending money on his co-workers for the holidays (its motto being "Money For People").

If you have no clue what I’m talking about then I strongly encourage you to stop whatever you’re doing and spend 4:37 minutes in laugh therapy watching highlights from this memorable and much quoted episode. Your life will be richer for it - and you’ll be in a much better position to grasp the balance of this blog post.

The title for this post popped into my head as I perused the agenda and session descriptions for Relativity Fest 2016 . Taking place this week in Chicago, kCura’s annual user conference (referred to by insiders simply as “The Fest”) is 3 days of Relativity-centric content delivered across 138 sessions with 190 speakers and a whole heap of upselling excitement.

For those of us selectively outside of - or the many disenchanted with - the Relativity ecosystem, I’ve officially declared this week as ediscovery Festivus Week - complete with ‘airing of grievances’ if you’re so inclined.

Digging into the session content, I can’t help but notice some interesting trends as well as a few curiously absent topics.

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Topics: ediscovery, Legal Industry, legal technology