In times of rapid growth of new media as an economic factor, the danger of creating a stagnating cultural ghetto is immediate. The aim of Tulipomania was not to express “Schadensfreude” towards all those who gambled – and lost, nor to mobilize resentment towards the steadily growing number of Internet millionaires. The conference was neither organised to call for state-lead interventionism against the monopolizing tendencies of the narrow ‘winner-takes-all’ business model promoted through the DotCom hype. There is enough (self)confidence to leave these easy anxieties aside and appeal to a much more powerful, temporary, networked collaborative imagination. Technical skills are no longer enough. Unlike perhaps five or ten years ago, we need a firm, broad, critical, compassionate knowledge of the Internet economy, one in which analysis opens a multitude of possibilities for involvement.
Published July, 2000.
Tulipomania Editorial Team:
Ted Byfield (New York), Menno Hurenkamp (De Balie), Andreas Kallfelz (Frankfurt), Eric Kluitenberg (De Balie), Geert Lovink
David Hudson (Berlin), Michael van Eden (Amsterdam), David Mandl (New York), Korinna Patelis (Athens), Patrice Riemens (Amsterdam), Felix Stalder (Toronto)
Colophon: Editors: Geert Lovink and Eric Kluitenberg. Publisher: Institute of Network Cultures, Amsterdam 2000.