It’s not about politics

It was the strangest president ever. A president who didn’t talk politics. Who instead flaunted himself, bragging about what he had and what he was capable of. Like a child playing king, constantly explaining to the audience what a king is and what a king is allowed to do. A spiteful child who calls those who don’t want to play with him the others and has only bad words for them. A child who calls out the others with a screaming voice, for what he constantly does himself.

It was a president who exaggerated even the most banal issues until there seemed to be only two options left. Like pretending that a race of many runners is just a fight between two. And as if the audience then had to decide which of the two they had to team up with.

How did this devil manage to bewitch so many people in such a way? That they elected a television character as president, who then made being president a television spectacle? A president who only pretended to be president and measured his success in television ratings?

The people made a prey out of themselves when they began to distrust politicians on principle. The people did not want a politician and chose a clown instead. The clown sat in the cockpit with a pilot’s cap, had no idea about flying and didn’t even show a spark of interest in wanting to learn. It was a president who could not distinguish the spectacle from reality, for whom reality and fiction were one and the same.

The president severely damaged the boundaries between reality and fiction. Like two liquids flowing into each other, it soon became impossible to tell what is true and what is false. It was as if fresh and waste water flowed into each other and made society ill.

It is necessary to investigate exactly how this accident could have happened, so that it cannot happen again in the future. It was always a foolish idea to hand the scepter to the fool. In this day and age, with the weapons of destruction at the disposal of the powerful, it can be deadly – for all of humanity. It looks like we got away with it again. We’ve been damn lucky.

Es geht nicht um Politik

Es war der seltsamste Präsident aller Zeiten. Ein Präsident, der nicht über Politik sprach. Der sich statt dessen aufblies und angab, mit dem, was er alles hatte und wozu er fähig sei. Wie ein Kind, das König spielt und dem Publikum ständig erklärt, was ein König ist und was ein König darf. Ein gehässiges Kind, das die, die nicht mit ihm spielen wollen, die anderen nennt und nur böse Worte für sie übrig hat. Ein Kind, das den anderen mit kreischenden Stimme vorhält, was es selbst ständig macht.

Es war ein Präsident, der selbst banalste Themen so lange überzeichnete, bis es nur noch zwei Möglichkeiten zu geben schien. Wie wenn man so täte, als sei ein Wettrennen vieler Läufern nur ein Kampf zwischen zweien. Und wie als ob sich das Publikum dann entscheiden müsse, zu wem von den beiden es hielte.

Wie hat es dieser Teufel geschafft, so viele Leute so derart zu verhexen? Dass sie eine Fernsehfigur zum Präsidenten wählten, der dann Präsident sein zu einem Fernsehspektakel machte? Ein Präsident der President sein nur spielte und seinen Erfolg in Fernsehquoten maß?

Das Volk hat sich selbst zur Beute gemacht, als es anfingen Politikern grundsätzlich zu misstrauten. Die Leute wollten kein Politiker und haben statt dessen einen Clown gewählt. Der saß dann mit Pilotenmütze im Cockpit, hatte vom Fliegen keine Ahnung und zeigte nicht einmal einen Funken von Interesse, es lernen zu wollen. Es war ein Präsident, der das Schauspiel nicht von der Wirklichkeit unterscheiden konnte, für den Wirklichkeit und Fiktion ein und das selbe war.

Der Präsident hat die Grenzen zwischen Wirklichkeit und Fiktion schwer beschädigt. Wie zwei Flüssigkeiten, die ineinander flossen, war bald nicht mehr erkennbar, was wahr ist und was falsch. So als ob Frisch- und Brauchwasser ineinander floss und die Gesellschaft erkranken ließ.

Es muss genau untersucht werden, wie es zu diesem Unglück kommen konnte, damit es in der Zukunft nicht wieder passieren kann. Es war immer schon einer törichte Idee, dem Narren das Zepter zu reichen. In der heutiger Zeit mit den, den Mächtigen zu Verfügung stehenden Vernichtungswaffen, kann es tödlich sein – für die gesamte Menschheit. Es sieht so aus, als seien wir noch einmal davon gekommen. Wir haben verdammt viel Glück gehabt.

Blödsinn

Die Alten verstehen nicht, was die Jungen machen. Und weil die Alten in ihrem langen Leben schon so viel gelernt haben und so viel wissen und all das Wissen trotzdem nicht recht erklären kann, was die Jungen machen, sind die Alten einen Augenblick ratlos. Und dann erklären die Alten das, was die Jungen da machen zu Blödsinn.

Die Jungen können auch nicht nicht so recht erklären, was sie da tun. Die Jungen haben noch nicht die richtigen Worte gefunden. Denn die richtigen Worte zu finden, um etwas neues, also etwas, was es vor kurzem noch gar nicht gab, zu beschreiben, dauert lange. Es dauert Jahre und Jahrzehnte. Die Jungen können also noch gar keine Worte haben, um das Neue zu beschreiben. Doch die Jungen spüren, dass das, was sie da machen, kein Blödsinn ist.

Sie haben nur die Worte nicht, um den Affen zu erklären, die Worte brauchen um zu verstehen.

Wie das Digitale die Welt verändert

What are digital Cultures? The DCRL-interview-series “Questions”
The term “digital cultures” is all-encompassing and at the same time vague. The purpose of the interview-series QUESTIONS of the DCRL (Digital Cultures Research Lab) is to start specifying the broadness of the term by asking researchers as well as practitioners in various fields to further define the notion and its implications. In a five-minute time slot, the interviewees answer four standard questions:

What are digital cultures?
What are the potentials of digital cultures?
What are the dangers of digital cultures?
What lies beyond digital cultures?

Team DCRL: Martina Leeker with: Dominik Baumgarten, Irina Kaldrack, Jonas Keller, Sophie Köster, Tobias Schulze, Daniel Sonntag
Video DCRL: Jonas Keller, Daniel Sonntag
Date of interview: 21-August-2018

The kids are wiser than their parents

The generation of the children is wiser than that of the parents. The children are able to understand more complex interrelations and their urgency. And not only that, the children also have the ability to organize themselves so that they can draw worldwide attention to the problems they have identified to create the pressure to act.

The elders never really understood what MySpace, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or Snapchat were all about. Suddenly it becomes clear what motivates the children to become so intensely involved with the Internet and all the new forms of media. Why screaming teenagers worship YouTube influencers who became famous for makeup tips and other nonsense. It isn’t about what these Influencers were talking about, it is fascinating how they do it. Some kids are able to get across the new communication channels better than others. And those who do is best are taken as role models. The stars have something up their sleeve that the others want to learn. And within a few years, children were able to develop the ability to communicate through electronic media at an intensity never before seen in human history.

Communication is the exchanging of information. And that works in both directions. This is immediately clear to the kids, where as we, the older generation, had to go to universities to learn it as theoretical knowledge. Kids use the net, which didn’t even exist in our time, not only as a broadcasting facility that can reach millions of people, but also as a source from which they draw their information. And also in this respect they are vastly superior to the old. While the majority of the elders still get caught up in echo-chambers, which leads to the loudest screaming idiots being chosen as political leaders, the kids (who themselves are still too young to vote) use the same net to acquire a more comprehensive understanding of the true concerns of the world.

I’m not talking about the one kid in your head who only sits in front of a computer all day playing computer games. I’m talking about the entirety of the kids who have also learned to play networked computer games and are now able to use the net in a way that is still incomprehensible to us older people. Instead of playing with networked computers, we played with Lego bricks as kids and became great engineers.

With the technology that the engineers of the parents’ generation have built, the kids today develop the consciousness to recognize the big pending problems, to differentiate them from the less important issues and to act purposefully and in the required haste. And from the point of view of a representative of the parents’ generation, I can only be amazed at how quickly the kids managed to select representatives from their ranks and to charge them with so much weight in such a short period of time that they are in a position to represent their common interests in the world’s highest bodies. And not only at eye level (which would be remarkable enough in itself) – these representatives with their 16 years of age are brighter, more thoughtful and in every respect wiser than the representatives of the generation that is currently running the world out of control.