I went to two meetups again tonight – a techie “art” show at a gallery and an online news meetup at Medill. I’ll discuss the second event first.
I arrived at the second event a little late. David Wright, an online newsman from NPR, gave a presentation which was a summary of a conference he went to. That might sound bland, but David was such a great speaker, I followed every word.
What surprised me most about this meetup is that there were several people there whom I had met at last night’s meetup. I’m really glad that I’m starting to see a lot of the same people around at so many of these meetups. It makes me feel like I’m starting to become part of the new media community, instead of just showing up to listen to interesting talks.
The first event, the art show by Kenny George, was a modified PacMan game, along with other stuff. I didn’t really care about the other stuff so much. I was paying attention to the people playing the video game and everyone standing around watching and talking about it. After the game-playing session was over, there was an intellectual panel discussion.
My comment to the panel was something along the lines of, “I’m not sure who your intended audience is, I guess it’s us because we’re here. I’m more techie, so my reaction when I arrived was, ‘Eh, art.’ I also think about it in terms of a church teen group that I volunteer for where we set up events every week with a game or a topic for them to interact around.”
To some extent, I think that is the purpose of the Pink Line Project, the company owned by Philippa Hughes who put on this event. To create events with art displays for people to socialize around. This is similar to what I want to do five to ten years out – put on events that focus on new media topics and projects for people to socialize around.