ithout a performance as a launching pad and without the focus on theatre, it was a smaller and quieter crowd at the third night of RightAct, as the topic took a turn to creative campaigning and youth-led projects. Once again, the thing I got most out of it was listening to the journey the people on the panel have taken to get to their positions, and the conversation that spilled on after the panel.
Much of the conversation concentrated on the position of social media and the internet in campaigning and arts projects, and how that is constantly changing and causing people to re-address. Of interesting not to me was the Federal Government accepts internet signed petitions, yet the State Government does not.
Another point of interest was the discussion of how in many ways the internet can not replace groups of people getting together in a room or on a street and tackling issues there. In my experience, it hasn’t. As I sit here, typing away my monologue, things that appear on my blog or other places I write are often picked up by friends or acquaintances and I have conversations about what is here, the same way I have conversations off the screen about many other topics. The battle may be being waged, the conversation may be being started on-line, but I don’t think – and the panel didn’t think – that that is where it stays.