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Re: <nettime> closure of Media Lab Europe
E. Miller on Thu, 20 Jan 2005 04:44:17 +0100 (CET)


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Re: <nettime> closure of Media Lab Europe


this is a great question.  and not just for tactical media; look at, say,
the pharmaceutical industry (no hissing, please) where one could argue that
the decades-long erosion of institutional support for longer-term research
and the focus on short-term profits has resulted in a dysfunctional R&D
environment -- profitable in the short term, but with a lack of new viable
drugs in the pipeline.

So maybe the whoring-like behavior that's necessary to secure corporate
funding is starting to show its limitations.  But conversely, staying small
and independent can only allow so much scope and reach for organizations;
you can pursue a vision a lot further with 200 people and a few million in
funding than you can with 2 people and $20.

Eric


On 1/19/05 5:27 AM, "Ned Rossiter" <n.rossiter {AT} ulster.ac.uk> wrote:

> [what does this tell us about the media lab model? aside from the
> hype-economy that attends the media lab & the ultimate disinterest by
> government to invest in institutions of the knowledge economy, does
> this also say something about the limits of scale?  is there a lesson
> here for networks that seek to scale up their operations -- ie, develop
> frameworks, systems, relations that enable an economic sustainability
> that hitherto has not been a feature of tactical media, by and large?
> Ned]
> 
> http://www.medialabeurope.org/news/release.php?id=3D76
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