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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 1 October 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
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From: paul reynolds
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: creative nz funding

You make some interesting  points in your piece on 'digital
funding ' I raised a similar issue with Creative New
Zealand about a year ago.

There response was interesting.
Thus, their spokesperson said that Creative New Zealand was
very reluctant to make a category for 'net based' awards,
primarily because they didn't, at that time , have the
expertise on the various committee's  to make judgements on
the value of any project that might apply.

On the plus side, she did say that the Board of Creative
New Zealand was "looking at the issue"  - which she hinted
would lead to a change in the way they looked at the web.

She then made an interesting comment - and that was that
there was nothing to so stop any individual or group
applying for project funding in any exisiting Creative New
Zealand category ... even if it was a web based project.

That said, she went on to stress that Creative New
Zealand , however, would not be making this "doorway'
public. In short , it was basically up to the punter , or
the organisation to figure it out.

I have no idea what progress they have made since last
year - but presumably there must have been some kind of
formal policy change , thus allowing them to 'support' last
Friday's launch of www.thebigidea.co.nz

From: Allister
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: The Arts = "Culture"

The difference between dance and computer game writing is
that dance is considered "culture" whereas the game is not -
in fact isn't the game the bane of our violent society?  The
government, being the "oldies" they are, prefer the culture
- or at least the pretence of it.

Perhaps when the government moves on a generation or two,
those in power will understand that digital technology is as
much a part of the world as anything else and the playing
field will level.

The irony is that a game writer will actually develop skills
(or already have them) that would assist the "knowledge
economy".  Dance is all well and good for entertainment, but
software production has skills which can be used across a
large number of industries.

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