To wear or not to wear: SXSW badge etiquette

When do you take off your badge of honor?

Like the Wayne and Garth flashing their creds backstage at an Alice Cooper concert, thousands of cubical heroes will walk the streets of Austin this week with SXSW badges dangling around their necks. Does she have a Platinum? Is that a film? Only interactive? Badges of honor these are for those who sometimes don’t get to shine. But the question is, do you ever take them off?

Is it cool to wear your badge to dinner or dorky? Is a badge dangling around your neck in a bar a sign you’re a fount of knowledge on the cutting edge of tomorrow or a douche bag looking for attention. Or, are you simply like me, too paranoid to take it off for fear of losing it in the deep netherworld of your backpack?