|The Inspace building|
With that in mind I though it might be worth attending the FED - Ideas to Sustain event at the Inspace building in Potterrow this afternoon. After all it was free. It was sponsored by New Media Scotland which describes itself as a national development agency fostering artist and audience engagement in new media practice.
Unable to stay for the whole afternoon, I can nonetheless give the event some publicity by reporting on the two talks I managed to take in (Inspace is in the ward). The plea of one speaker for democracy to engage with the new media, using the internet and smartphones to vote on a range of issues was engaging and stimulating, if underdeveloped.
Alas the talk on the 'lack of 'real' thinking and ideas in current Scottish society was especially tedious, not in presentation - which was passionate enough - but in its presuppositions, narrow outlook and partisan narrative. I am afraid the 'thinking' lacked intellectual rigour and originality.
I am sure the meeting improved after I left - but perhaps the EICC will offer more value!