Hi.

 

I joined up yesterday.

 

This website/social network/web2.0 experience/media clique is strikingly similar to Central Station. And vice verso. In fact, lots of the same posters here as there. I'm curious - which came first? Same funders? Channel 4 involved? I can't see any reference to who actually runs the show here - I note there is no advertising, so it must be funded (unless there's an eccentric gazillionaire funding it). What does '38 minutes' mean? How long it took to convince funders to back it? :-)

 

Now I look around a bit more it, this place appears more 'professionally-driven' - people seem to be making business connections. Certainly lots of media/tv people. And no artists/designers making things as such and showing portfolios. Just photos of people accepting awards and meeting other people - heh. 

 

Anyway, just thought I'd say hi. And ask why.

 

Regards, Paul.

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Comment by Nicola Sinclair on January 20, 2011 at 8:11

Hi Paul

38minutes was set up by Channel 4's Stuart Cosgrove and then 4iP commissioner Ewan McIntosh back in 2008. It was set up to provide a network for digital companies in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north of England (which 4iP was looking to invest in). 38 minutes is the flight time between Belfast and Glasgow.

 

38minutes grew beyond expectation and is now billed as a social network for modern media. Channel 4 always tried not to stamp its name all over the place, as it was important the site felt independent. Stuart still covers the hosting and will continue to do so for a year, but essentially the site will from now on be run by volunteers.

 

Central Station is also part-funded by Channel 4. It's a network for artists, it's massive (120,000+ artists in 5000 countries, 35000 works of art) and it's more editorially managed than 38minutes. There will certainly be some overlap as Scotland in particular is a village and so is the creative industries.

 

Phew! Hope that answers your questions. Please do keep saying hi, look around, contribute, volunteer - whatever takes your fancy.

Comment by Paul Maguire on January 19, 2011 at 22:18
Poor analogy - true. Sorry about that.
Comment by Richard Saville-Smith on January 19, 2011 at 21:21

er...not sure if I go along with your 2 big gangs analogy - on any level of interpretation. Sorry. 

Comment by Paul Maguire on January 18, 2011 at 13:37

Thanks Nicola. Very informative.

I (loosely) follow Central Station and in fact work with the people who helped create it. When I chanced across 38minutes I noticed the immediate common ground. It's like 2 big gangs hanging in the tiny town centre of Scotland. I worked in London for 10 years (pre-social networking) and even though I have been back in Glasgow for near 5 years, I still feel I disconnected up here. 

What we're witnessing is the 'media-isation' of art, and the 'art-isation' of media. Art has kudos now (never used to!) - media now wants to be part of it. And many artists want to be media stars.

38 minutes flying + 2 hours security check + hour and a half delay due to bad weather. Should really be nearer 248 minutes IMHO.

Thanks again.

Comment by Yann Seznec on January 18, 2011 at 12:17

38 Minutes was around first, Central Station has been around for about a year I think?

 

Central Station, as far as I know, was funded by 4ip (Channel 4), Creative Scotland, and possibly others. 38 minutes was founded by Ewan McIntosh whilst he was digital commissioner for 4ip. So there are some definite links between the two! But Central Station is definitely meant to be a social network for artists and arts organizations, whilst 38 minutes is a bit broader, appealing to anyone in digital media. There is a fair amount of overlap, though.

That's how I see it, anyone please correct me if I'm wrong!

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