As a staff member at a media lab in Norway I second the opinion of Danny Butt. What's currently happening in England could easily affect similar organizations in other countries at a later point. Marc Garrett has pointed out how this affects possibilities for networks activities across UK, but the ACE cuts of course also has a very negative impact in relation to international networking.
On Apr 1, 2011, at 2:13 PM, Danny Butt wrote:
> As an international subscriber I'm finding the conversations very productive, so if the moderators were happy I would hope that it could continue here. For those of us working in English-language contexts the models for justification of new media arts draw on distinctions hatched in the UK, even if every situation is different. All the UK debates point to dynamics that will or could be present in our own settings as Sarah suggests, and I would feel concerned if a new-media-curating list was not able to discuss any national situation (in any country) that substantially affected the viability of the organisations supporting new media arts.
> Of course, if Pauline's list is a better forum for a more focussed debate that's great, but it seems to me that these times call for the opposite of fragmentation.