SIGINT10 - final10

Konferenz für Netzbewohner, Hacker und Aktivisten

Frank Apunkt Schneider
Day Day 3 - 2010-05-24
Room Konferenzraum (MP6)
Start time 15:00
Duration 00:45
ID 3857
Event type Lecture
Track Aktivisten
Language used for presentation English

The Medium is the Messiah

On the implicit ideology of media activism

In the media age nearly all forms of political interventionism show an inevitable tendency to become media activism. This is to say that the activists’ focus has shifted from what could be considered “the problem” to the acquirement and the (adequate) use of media. Hence the medium seems to have fully become the message of all those shiny happy media activists out there.

Most of them seem to believe that media is something capable of redeeming us all from capitalist doom. Thus they are awaiting each new media as the saviour that was promised to arrive some day. Remember the Web 2.0 hype, that thing about grassrooting the web through new forms of participation and free information…? Now you got the idea. You always look stupid when the new media hype has been turned in. Yet, if we look at the history of bourgeois society nothing of it seems to be new. Since the invention of the principle of publicity we have always been offered media as a placebo for political change. In this lecture we are going to find out what is just bourgeois ideology about the media hype to distinguish from it what the real potential of the media could be on an interventionist agenda. And we are going to learn how to look slightly less silly when the next media hype will be over.

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