Illustrated Debate: The Future of British High St.

Since quite a long time I want to develop some quick graphic representation skills. Something like visual note-taking. As I started attending to the University of Dundee Debate Union it looked like a pretty good idea to illustrate the debates as they go.

Last debate addressed the question “Is there a future to High Street?“. In this case it is not a particular address, “High Street is a metonym for the generic name of the primary business street of towns or cities, especially in the United Kingdom”. Wikipedia

So the debaters were discussing if the government support should be applied to help medium and small commercial businesses against the threats of e-commerce and gigantic retail chains.

And this is my quickie representation:

DundeeDebateSociety_HighSt_lowAt the left side those defending a governmental aid in order to save jobs and the British High Street culture itself. At the right side those defending that no aid should be given, and old-fashioned obsolete business models should fail because eventually new ones would take their place.

I felt a “vibe” of a famous Scottish invention, the invisible hand, but didn’t found a way to use it properly. However the idea that some companies must die and others survive in a “natural selection” pushed me to another strong British reference, Charles Darwin.

I with I could think about more icons than the flag… But nothing was coming to my mind ate the moment.

Lets see if I can keep doing these illustrations.

2 thoughts on “Illustrated Debate: The Future of British High St.

  1. Just of curiosity (and academic boringness): I started reading today a couple of texts claiming that the idea of the «invisible hand» Adam Smith used was based on Montesquieu’s oeuvre. The French, I read, argued that during the Middle Ages, the idea of the quasi selfish seek for glory and honour of the cavalry and monarchies (the individual interest at that time) assured the collective good for the whole society, just the same way the Scottish would argue about selfish interests on markets 🙂

    • Makes sense. Voltaire once said “We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation”, culturally speaking they were pretty close together. Along with that the old “my enemy’s enemy is my ally” probably played a role as well.

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