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*** Turnip hollow and candle in, let’s celebrate Halloween, this creepy festival that the Christians cheered on the ancient Celts – or so. Because there are always reasons to scare and cheer, even if Microsoft is no longer scared of Linux as it did back then with them Halloween papers. Today there is Facebook Papers and this weird meta, which can make you shudder. Of course there are intrepid spirits like Neal Stephenson, who bravely points out that the metaverse he invented has nothing to do with the dystopian plans of Facebook, but is set in the serene world of Snow Crash. Short commercial disclaimer: The book, published in 1992, is worth reading this week new translation appeared. Neal Stephenson could have complained back in 2008 when Stanford University did Metaverse occupied. Mark Zuckerberg will probably have stolen the idea here, or maybe just here, he should really read longer texts. Anyway are Worlds from the computer known for a long time and not really a new thing.
*** Of course we read Meta very differently in the German context, because after all, our world market leader produces Meta the beautiful toilet partitions that Meta sells as “Privacy Solutions” with a sure taste. Let’s just call these things toilet walls and oops we are on the “toilet walls of the Internet”, known and famous since 2006, when the advertiser Jean-Remy von Matt wrote: “2. From the weblogs, the toilet walls of the Internet. (What actually entitles every computer owner to separate his opinion without being asked? And most bloggers just separate it. This new low point in opinion formation becomes clear when you enter www.technorati.com : You are Germany.)” At the time, JR von Matt was seriously offended because he was involved with the advertising campaign You are Germany A lot of grumpiness, and not just because of the campaign logo, which was reminiscent of a doggie. Apropos logo: What the pain-free Mark Zuckerberg chose as the logo for his company superstructure Meta comes from the German migraine app M-Sense.
*** Yes, what actually entitles every computer owner to separate his or her opinion without being asked? Maybe it’s the incredible stupidity of advertising? After “Du bist Deutschland”, “The Länd” is now in. Just take the embarrassing thing Promotional video for The Länd, produced by the advertising agency Jung von Matt Neckar. The 21 million euro advertising campaign for Baden-Württemberg is supposed to noticeable be “alone, self-confident, completely self-deprecating again, in the most beautiful T-shirt English, and understandable all over the world.” Yes, that sounds different from the old claim “Mir kenned älles aussr Hochdeitsch”. In any case, the new advertising has become so understandable that it is already “parodies” like The Cäsh there, in time for the collective bargaining for the public sector, which starts on November 1st. There is already a song: This Länd is your Länd, this Länd is my Länd, from Baden-Baden to Lindau-Isländ … The declared aim of the campaign is to recruit skilled workers who should move to “The Länd”. Brommhommler, Bruddler and Kudderer are sure to be there again, as Miesepeter are called in the country.
*** Let us ask again: What entitles every computer owner to publish his opinion? A somewhat tortuous answer could unsettle some people. After the 92-year-old Jürgen Habermas had thought about the role of platforms like Twitter and Facebook, he wrote: “For the media structure of the public, this platform character is actually what is new about the new media. This means that the platforms get rid of any productive role of journalistic mediation and design of programs that the old media perceive; in this respect, the new media are not ‘media’ in the They radically change the previously prevalent public communication pattern. Because they empower all potential users in principle to be independent and equal authors. The ‘new’ media differ from traditional media in that digital companies make use of this technology, in order to offer the potential users unlimited digital networking possibilities such as blank writing boards for their own communicative content. (…) They do not produce, they do not edit and they do not select; but by creating new connections as ‘irresponsible’ intermediaries in the global network produce and, with the contingent duplication and acceleration of surprising contacts, initiate and intensify discourses that were unpredictable in terms of content, they change the character of public communication profoundly. “
*** The long quote from Jürgen Habermas comes from an anthology for new structural change of the public. In any case, it shows how modern the philosopher interprets his 1962 work “Structural Change of the Public”. Many people liked that this week, from the daily newspaper until mirrors. Even the FAZ argues behind a payment barrier the wild noises “in fragmented, self-circling echo chambers”. From that point of view, it’s nice when a 92-year-old author, 59 years after his most successful book, allows younger thinkers to come to terms with the Platform economy deal.
*** This week, all German ministers and the Federal Chancellor received the certificate stating that they have been dismissed from the service of this our country and are therefore only in charge of the office. Some run their business while others fly to the summits, be it Rome (G20) or Glasgow (COP26). Others try English: “Boost your vaccination protection for the winter” and reap with it criticism and the currently popular accusation of fake news. Which can be unfair, because in addition to the refreshment with an mRNA vaccine against corona, the vaccinations against the flu wave have also started.
Because some are in the dark
And the others are in the light.
And you only see them in the light
You can’t see those in the dark.
What Bertolt Brecht hinted at in the Threepenny Opera, the critical computer scientists have as their motto Conference on self-determination in digital spaces elected, which will take place in Munich. As with Habermas, this is about these platforms, only they are viewed from a different angle: “Information technology is rapidly changing the way we communicate, think, move and act. It penetrates into personal and interpersonal areas and influences our behavior without us always being aware of it. Where we see ourselves as acting subjects, we often become as Objects are measured, assessed and treated. On platforms and in social networks, in smart infrastructures and in scoring systems, highly profitable business models operate that we can hardly see through, let alone determine (ourselves). “ The question arises as to whether you have the perspective, can see through everything and find ways of doing things differently. The behavior researcher Gerd Gigerenzer talks about digital risk literacy, the criminal lawyer Christoph Burchard about the zero trust paradigm, which is used, for example, in the telematic infrastructure 2.0 of the healthcare system the guiding principle of the next networking is. The Supatopcheckerbunnies meet at free south, as Bavaria has recently been called by the highest Bavaria. Without any advertising campaign.