Thursday, August 2, 2012

Is Culture the Right Path?

At one of the Derby Concerts on the Green recently, I commented to a friend that I was uncertain about which things to share on Clearly Derby. I'd been feeling like I was covering too many cultural events instead of concentrating on the workings of local government.

He asked me why I was including these things then. This was an easy question to answer - because people love the cultural stuff - the music, the art, the contests, the humor - all of that. Most enjoy it more than the politics.

My friend added that he's always felt, as an artist, that the path to peoples' political conscience is through their culture. First you have to find out what's important to their hearts - then you can talk to their heads!

I felt better after this conversation - I think I'm on the right track.


  1. I think you're doing a great job. Don't let ANYONE slow you down!

  2. I'm relieved that you spend more time on culture, honestly. When we focus on politics, we tend to focus on the negative. This is a bad time for that; it's everywhere. Adding cultural aspects to your posting has been a welcome addition, and I say that as a bit of a muckraker. Politics are important, and a great unknown for most people, but they're also tiresome.