Agree with much of what Rachel says here. There’s a huge opportunity being missed. I did see a theatre performance in the local cinema recently though, and it was bloody good.
There has been quite a flurry of announcements and papers and policies about “digital culture” in the last ten days.
- The refreshed Arts Council England strategic framework (Chris Unitt has blogged a good summary of the key digital points), which has been followed by both a speech and an opinion piece by Peter Bazalgette.
- The new BBC arts strategy
- The announcement of the relaunch of The Space under Ruth Mackenzie’s direction
- The Digital R&D Fund report into “digital culture”
Taken collectively, these documents indicate a direction of travel for digital arts policy. There’s a palpable enthusiasm for populist arts broadcasting, which stands out amid a more general confusion with the ubiquity of and implications of technology. A generous analysis is that the emphasis on broadcast and reach is timely when a value-for-money ethos is sweeping through government; a not-so generous one would see the prominence of…
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