Dear Florian, if this is your biggest concern, than you should at least mention that a large section of so called âcritical net culturesâ in Europe has been close to Burda Foundation since a long time: http://www.akademie3000.de/content/mitglieder/start.htm <http://www.akademie3000.de/content/mitglieder/start.htm>. Now to pick at individual persons, who are considered to be German media theory (btw, an ascription mainly coming from the US/Canadian-discourse) is, begging your pardon, rather poor.
No, it is not poor at all if these are the particular people who have collaborated with Hubert Burda on a book and gave his writing their academic blessings. That's quite some different from just taking funding from a private foundation. Â @Centre for Digital Culture, Leuphana University: as one of the addressed, let me say that the Digital Cultures Research Lab (DCRL), which is the only (!) entity within the Centre for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University that is funded by the Volkswagen Foundation (through a program called âNiedersaechsisches Vorabâ), If you carefully read my points here on Nettime, then it shouldn't have escaped you that I defended this funding (against Ted) and actually consider it a good case of repurposing company profits for public research and education. Florian
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