... even posting my solidarity with victims seemed ... stale, empty, formulaic. Don't get me wrong: I do see most postings about this as a social effort to reach out to each other, to share fears, connect, to reassure each other, which is all fine and good. In the face of such things we need to reassure each other. But today it still made me feel like being supposed to post or like something, too. Felt as if I was expected to join a chorus while I felt like standing back, making room. Facebook asking to change avatars to the French national colours was a nauseating peak. I was thankful when Sam Kriss ...
if i had to consider one thing being my super power it's that i've learned to embrace "not belonging". not as a woman in a male-centric scene and society, not geographically, not as a queer in a straight world, not as being single in a world of couples, and so on - my list is…
Me, personally, I'm less interested in the profit aspect of this (though it's all good to aim at making things more fair) but I'm fascinated more by the possibilities it opens for making everchanging content that is different in different contexts. That opens so many creative and critical possibilities. It could raise context awareness, being like a inverse mirror/metaphor for our personalized spaces on social media.
Last night then, I experienced a real flash of fear turning my stomach when I saw Björn Höcke (AfD) given a platform to display his far right propaganda on Germany's most-watched talk show, Jauch. The reach! Knowing how many of his followers out at the screens cheering him. Höcke even pulled out a little german flag as nationalist power gesture, bragging about his deep love for his country. Could only have been more dramatic/ridiculous if he had pulled it from his trouser fly.
Anti-intellectual media criticism in Germany as a longing for authentic truth. At its root might be things like the shattering of objectivism by social media use as well as the experience of GDR state-controlled media.
"We're all prostitutes" The Pop Group Eigentlich wollte ich noch einen ausführlichen Blogpost dazu schreiben, warum ich den Erlös der ORCHID Party diesen Samstag, 1.8.16 im Zentralcafé, an Kassandra e.V. spenden möchte, aber die Zeit rennt mir mit Party-Vorbereitungen und Musik aussuchen davon, also nur die Kurzfassung: Aus dem konservativen Lager wird in den letzten…
What we see now that the dust has settled is a project Europe that stands for a system of economic nationalism, ruled by its financial elite, ruled through fear and bullying, keeping its weakest members weak by default. Europe - it's time to be afraid of Germany again.
We need as many choices for ephemerality in our digital communication tools as we already have got for scalable sociality.
Does the rise of amateurs thanks to social platforms tear down old privileged networks? How do we judge value if we tear down special statuses?
Street photography shows tensions that have risen with surveillance and digital augmentation. While street photographers argue that the german right of publicity law is dated, it could actually be them who are.