|RTMARK admin on Fri, 28 Aug 1998 10:55:50 -0700 (PDT)|
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Our recent post ("the ejido's request that Ars Electronica facilitate an informal meeting") has caused some misunderstanding and confusion, and we'd like to try to clear it up so that attention can focus on issues that really matter, rather than these miniscule institutional matters. We are sorry if anything we wrote led to these misunderstandings. 1. Geert Lovink does not moderate the Infowar list. We never intended to say that he does, or that he engages in censorship of any kind. This is just a bizarre misunderstanding, and a very unfortunate one, as it is Geert's excellent work that has created a forum for these important issues to be aired, and as we are in complete agreement with him on what is important in this. 2. We do not know whether much censorship has actually occurred in the Infowar list. All we know is the one instance mentioned in our "ejido" post, in which a message of ours did not make it to the list despite several attempts. (It was NOT Geert who prevented it from getting to the list!!) We thought this was particularly amusing, given the content of the attempted post and the avowed confrontational theme of the list, but we do not think this is a huge issue. This is one list at one art festival, not a corporate policy of Third World exploitation or anything on that order. We really did mean that this was amusing, as we said in the post. It's not a big outrage, it's a stepping stone to discuss a big outrage. 3. We have not intended to say that Gerfried Stocker has done anything wrong, or that he is withholding travel funds for Popotla (we were once under the impression these funds existed, but have since been corrected). Our intention here has always been to point out some very important issues via the content of the Infowar awards, without saying that anyone in particular is to blame for that content. Ars and Infowar must indeed be thanked for sponsoring the Infoweapon prize, and for providing a forum to discuss important issues raised by this conjunction of awards. The real problem we are trying to focus on is not with Ars at all--the real problem is what 21st Century Fox is doing with Popotla, and what many, many other corporations are doing in the Third World. We think that the presence of these parties, made possible by Ars, furnishes a terrific opportunity to focus on these issues in a public setting, and this can only be good. Again, we apologize for any misunderstandings caused by our post, and we hope we can now focus on the real issues, since most of us (including the people at Ars) are probably on the same side in these matters.... http://rtmark.com/ Bringing IT to YOU.